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Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Measha Brueggergosman, Elena Bashkirova and Yannick Nezet-Seguin on Art & Fine Living with Jona in April and May, 2008

Celebrated Canadian Soprano, Measha Brueggergosman, who is currently performing the role of Elettra in Mozart's Idomeneo in Toronto, was a guest on the radio program. The lively conversation covered impressions of her visit and performances in Israel in 2007 and her first Mozart opera role with a major opera company. Conductor of Orchestre Metropolitain de Grand Montreal, Yannick Nezet-Seguin, also made a guest appearance on the show, to elaborate on his recent appointments as the principal conductor of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and as the guest conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Acclaimed pianist Elena Bashkirova joined Jona Rapoport for a conversation about her musical journey and the foundation of the Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival a decade ago.

Art & Fine Living with Jona can be heard live on Radio Shalom CJRS 1650 AM on Sundays at 7pm and on Wednesdays at 3pm. All programs can be accessed world-wide on the radio website at:, or retrieved on the archives of the host's page.
Over the past six years, Jona Rapoport's unique show has evolved from four separate programs dedicated to the arts to its present format. Ms Rapoport combines enlightening interviews with artists, presenters and trend-makers from around the world, with a lively presentation of music and updates on upscale lifestyle trends. Her guests have all expressed strong support and admiration for her tireless efforts and commitment to the arts.

Previous guests on the show include: Cinema: Mike Newell, George Weiss; Photography: Varda Pollack-Sahm; Dance: Callye Robinson, Lina Cruz, Margie Gillis, Shen Wei; Visual Arts: Boaz Kaizman, Sandra Grant-Marchand, Joanne Lamoureux; Classical Instrumentalists: Violinist James Ehnes, Pianist Elena Bashkirova, Violinist Jonathan Crow, Pianist Lang Lang, Violinist Gil Shaham, Cellist Denise Djokic, Cellist Yuli Turovsky, Violinist Sophie Dugas; Composers: Thomas Beveridge, Ofer Ben-Amots, Lori Laitman; Classical Vocalists: Bass Denis Sedov, Soprano Hasmik Papian, Soprano Natalie Dessay, Soprano Manon Feubel, Mezzo Michł«le Losier, Tenor Ben Heppner, Tenor Richard Margison, Tenor Frederic Antoun, Tenor Marc Hervieux; Specialists: Michel Beaulac (Opera), Pierre Vachon (Opera), Chantal Lambert (Opera); Jazz/World: Carol Welsman, Sophie Milman, Harry Connick Jr, Alain Caron, Walter Blanding, Imani Gonzales, Sean Lennon; Conductors: Yuli Turovsky, Jacques Lacombe, Rolf Bertsch, Yannick Nezet- Seguin, Ascher Fisch; Theatre: Daniel Lillford, Vittorio Rossi, Peter Hinton, Quincy Armorer, Daniel Brooks, Ben Gonshor, Elan Kunin , Caroline Cave ,Bryna Wasserman, Mark Watty, Roy Surette; Travel: George Deeb, Marian Marbury; Fine Living: Joel Giberovitch, Chef Paul Little; Publisher and antique expert,Terry Kovel.

Producer and host Jona Rapoport is also the manager and publicist of American art song composer, Lori Laitman.

For more information, visit

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The VSO presents Die Fledermaus with the UBC Opera Ensemble!

Vancouver BC ĺ─ý The final Pacific Arbour Tea & Trumpets concert of the season features the concert version of composer Johann Strauss Jr.ĺ─˘s most popular piece Die Fledermaus. Conducted by Maestro Bramwell Tovey, narrated by Christopher Gaze, and featuring the UBC Opera Ensemble, this 2pm matinee performance takes place on Thursday, May 15th at the Orpheum Theatre.

Created in 1995 by Professor Nancy Hermiston, the UBC Opera Ensemble draws its performers from advanced students in the UBC School of Music and young professionals. The ensemble tours regularly throughout Canada and Europe allowing its students to gain international experience. Having performed excerpts from The Merry Widow together in the 2006-2007 season, the VSO is delighted to be collaborating once again with this ensemble.

The Pacific Arbour Tea & Trumpets series presents six matinee concerts throughout the Season, all on Thursday afternoons at the Orpheum. These concerts feature light classical repertoire with host/narrator Christopher Gaze of Bard on the Beach fame, and are social events in themselves: a small army of VSO volunteers coordinates the serving of tea and cookies an hour before each concert throughout the Orpheum lobby for 2,500+ people each concert. A great way to spend Thursday afternoons, the Tea & Trumpets series has been one of the VSOĺ─˘s most successful series concepts of the last twenty years.

A Synopsis of Die Fledermaus:

Gabriel von Eisenstein has been sentenced to a week's imprisonment for a minor offense. Before he goes to jail, his friend Dr. Falke persuades him to go to a ball being given by Prince Orlofsky. Three years earlier, Falke, dressed as a bat for a fancy-dress ball, was made to walk home in broad daylight as a joke by Eisenstein. Ever since that incident, he has been plotting his revenge. Rosalinda believes her husband is leaving for prison and invites her lover, Alfred, over for a rendezvous. The prison governor soon arrives to arrest Eisenstein and assumes Alfred to be him. Alfred allows himself to be taken off to prison as Eisenstein in order to protect Rosalindaĺ─˘s reputation.

At the ball given by Prince Orlofsky, Rosalindaĺ─˘s maid, Adele, wearing one of her mistress's gowns, has arrived. Eisenstein flirts outrageously with her, watched by his wife, whom Falke has disguised as a Hungarian Countess. Eisenstein then turns his attentions to the mysterious Countess, who manages to get a hold of his watch during their amorous tłüte-łŢ-tłüte. The ball ends in praise of champagne and swearing of eternal friendship. The clock strikes six in the morning and Eisenstein begins his journey to prison.

Eisenstein arrives at the prison to begin his prison sentence. He is shocked to find he is being impersonated by Alfred and becomes infuriated when he realizes his wife has a lover. Rosalinda counters with the watch the 'Countess' obtained at the ball and his flirting with their maid Adele. Falke arrives just in time to explain it was all a joke in order to get his long awaited revenge. Champagne is blamed for the confusion and they all drink to celebrate reconciliation.


Pacific Arbour Tea & Trumpets Series

Die Fledermaus

Thursday, May 15, 2pm, Orpheum Theatre

Bramwell Tovey conductor

Christopher Gaze host

UBC Opera Ensemble

Strauss Die Fledermaus

Ticket prices $35 (Student, Senior and Subscriber discounts available)

Tickets Available at VSO Customer Service, 604.876.3434; Ticketmaster Charge-by-Phone, 604.280.3311; online at

Series Generously Sponsored By:

Pacific Arbour


Bramwell Tovey, conductor

A musician of striking versatility, Bramwell Tovey is acknowledged around the world for his artistic depth and warm, charismatic personality on the podium. Toveyĺ─˘s career as a conductor is uniquely enhanced by his work as a composer and pianist, lending him a remarkable musical perspective.

His tenures as Music Director of the Vancouver Symphony, Luxembourg Philharmonic and Winnipeg Symphony Orchestras have been characterized by his expertise in the opera, choral, and British repertoire. Tovey recently garnered a 2007 Grammy Award and a 2007 Juno Award for his recording with violinist James Ehnes and the Vancouver Symphony. Recently named Principal Guest Conductor for the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, he works frequently with the Toronto Symphony, Montreal Symphony, Royal Philharmonic and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestras, among many others. He has presided as host and conductor of the New York Philharmonicĺ─˘s Summertime Classics series at Avery Fisher Hall since its founding in 2004.

A champion of contemporary music, Tovey developed the highly regarded New Music Festival in Winnipeg, during his tenure as Music Director. As a composer, he was honored with the Best Canadian Classical Composition Juno Award in 2003 for his Requiem for a Charred Skull. Upcoming new works include a co-commission for the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonicsĺ─˘ respective 2008 summer seasons as well as a full-length opera for the Calgary Opera, The Inventor, to premiere in January of 2011.

Tovey has been awarded honorary degrees, including a Fellowship from the Royal Academy of Music in London, honorary Doctorates of Law from the universities of Winnipeg and Manitoba, and Kwantlen University College, as well as a Royal Conservatory of Music Fellowship in Toronto. In 1999, he received the M. Joan Chalmers National Award for Artistic Direction, a Canadian prize awarded to artists for outstanding contributions in the performing arts.

Christopher Gaze, host

Christopher Gaze is best known as Artistic Director of Vancouverĺ─˘s Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival. Christopher hails from England where he trained as an actor at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. He came to Canada in 1975 and has performed in virtually every major centre across Canada and the USA, including three seasons at the Shaw Festival. He moved to Vancouver in 1983 and founded Bard on the Beach in 1990. In addition to directing and acting with Bard, Christopher is the popular host of many Vancouver cultural events and often shares his insights on the theatre and Shakespeare with school groups, service organizations and local businesses. Christopher was recently honoured with an induction into the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame, Canadaĺ─˘s Meritorious Service Medal, an Honorary Doctorate from Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia, the BC Community Achievement Award and the 2007 Medallion from the Childrenĺ─˘s Theatre Foundations of America.

UBC Opera Ensemble

The UBC Opera Ensemble, under the direction of UBC Voice and Opera Division Head Nancy Hermiston, draws its performers from advanced students and young professionals. The ensemble tours regularly throughout Canada and Europe, produces two fully staged and costumed productions at the beautiful Chan Centre, as well as the lively and informative Opera Tea Series and the David Spencer Endowment Encouragement Fund Concert. Students participate in all aspects of the productions alongside professional singers, conductors, musicians, designers and technicians.

This yearĺ─˘s productions include Gilbert and Sullivanĺ─˘s The Gondoliers, Pucciniĺ─˘s La Bohł«me, and Bachĺ─˘s Johannes Passion (St. Johnĺ─˘s Passion). In addition to its regular productions, the Ensemble is a frequent collaborator of such organizations as Bard on the Beach, Vancouver Opera, and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.


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Young pianist helps tell the tale of the boy genius Mozart

Remarkable young pianist joins Tania Miller

to tell the tale of the boy genius Mozart

Victoria, BC ĺ─ý At 8pm on May 6th at the Marriott Hotel, Shanna Fong, a gifted and award winning young pianist, joins the Victoria Symphonyĺ─˘s Music Director Tania Miller for Miller, Mozart and Martinis a special addition to the 2008 Mozart Festival.

Tania Miller will be discussing the life of Mozart and the impact his music has had on her and the world of music during this intimate social evening. Miller will tell the story of Mozartĺ─˘s life including his travels through Europe as a young soloist. To enhance the tale of the young genius Shanna Fong will perform one of Mozartĺ─˘s most popular keyboard works, Sonata K330, which was composed between 1780 and 1784 in Munich or during Mozartĺ─˘s early years in Vienna.

Maestra Miller will be sharing her love for Mozartĺ─˘s music with attendees, as well as relaxing with a special ĺ─˛Mozart Martiniĺ─˘ and mingling with guests. She is looking forward to the event, ĺ─˙Mozart would be most amused to see us getting together to toast him with a few martinis! Iĺ─˘m looking forward to celebrating with fellow Mozart lovers and spending some time sharing my love for his music.ĺ─¨

There are a limited number of tickets left for this event. Tickets can be purchased for $50 by calling 385-6515.

Shanna Fong began piano lessons at the age of six with her current teacher, Mrs. Ingrid L. Henderson at the Victoria Conservatory of Music. Now only 13 years old Shanna has won numerous awards in the Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival including the Junior Piano Concerto Cup in 2003, 2004 and 2005, and the Intermediate Concerto Cup in 2006. In addition, she was awarded the Intermediate Nathan Geminiano Cup for most distinguished piano performer and selected to represent Victoria in the B.C. Performing Arts Festival June 2006 receiving the

Runner-up award.

In July 2004 Shanna performed Mozart Piano Concerto No.8, K246, at the University of Victoria Piano Summer School concerto and chamber concert with string ensemble and again in 2007 performing the first movement of Mozart Piano Concerto No.13, K459. Recently, Shanna was invited to perform on stage in collaboration with world renowned violinist Moshe Hammer April 18th at the Alix Goolden Performance Hall.

Celebrating the extraordinary genius of Mozart and his contemporaries, the third annual Mozart Festival brings the incredible pianists of the Parker family to Victoria and includes a host of other events to appeal to everyone with a special affinity for everything Mozart.

The Victoria Symphony is Vancouver Islandĺ─˘s largest and most active arts organization offering its audiences 67 years of tradition, a commitment to fostering new music and a dedication to community involvement through music education. Showcasing the outstanding talents of its musicians and guest artists the Victoria Symphonyĺ─˘s 2007-2008 season offers a diverse and exciting line-up of over 100 concerts led by its vibrant Music Director Tania Miller.

Single ticket prices:

Orchestral concerts $25 to $60

Chamber concerts $25

Miller, Mozart and Martinis $50

Movie In Search of Mozart $10

Festival passes are also available. All passes and tickets can be purchased through the Victoria Symphony box office 385-6515 or

Calendar of Events

Saturday, May 3, 8pm, Royal Theatre

Orchestral concert: Jon Kimura Parker, piano Tania Miller, conductor

Sunday, May 4, 1pm ĺ─ý SOLD OUT

Childrenĺ─˘s concert: The Magic Flute, The Victoria Music Corner Ensemble

Sunday, May 4, 7:30pm Alix Goolden Hall

Chamber concert:: Colin Tilney and Friends

Tuesday, May 6, 8pm Marriott Hotel

Social event with Tania Miller, ĺ─˛Miller, Mozart and Martinisĺ─˘

Wednesday, May 7 8pm

Film screening: In Search of Mozart, documentary, Marriott Hotel

Thursday, May 8, 8pm Royal Theatre

Orchestral concert: Ian Parker, piano Tania Miller, conductor

Saturday, May 10, 7:30pm Alix Goolden Hall

Chamber concert: Gryphon Trio

Sunday May 11, 2:30pm and Monday, May 12, 8pm Royal Theatre

Orchestral concert: Ian, James and Edward Parker, piano Tania Miller, conductor

For tickets and venue information contact 385-6515 or visit

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NACO, May 10: Eugene Levy - Music and Humour: TD Canada Trust Family Adventures

Ottawa (Canada) ĺ─ý Canadaĺ─˘s own crazy comedian Eugene Levy joins the National Arts Centre Orchestra for Music and Humour, the final TD Canada Trust Family Adventures concerts of the season on Saturday, May 10 at 13:30 and 15:30 in the afternoon. Eugene Levy and Principal Youth and Family Conductor Boris Brott, with the help of Ottawa actor Pierre Brault, pianist Gabriel Thibaudeau, and the Bangers and Smash percussion duo, will take the NAC Orchestra on a romp through the funny side of music. Meet the many composers who had a well developed funny bone in a concert that will leave you in hysterics! The one-hour bilingual TD Canada Trust Family Adventures with the NAC Orchestra are perfect for kids 5 and up, and their grown-up friends

The concert ticket includes ĺ─˙TUNETOWNĺ─¨, pre-concert activities in the NAC Foyer organized by Friends of the NAC Orchestra 45 minutes prior to each concert, beginning at 12:45 for the first concert and 14:45 for the second concert. Activities on May 10 include a percussion instrument petting zoo led by students from the Ottawa Youth Orchestra and the University of Ottawa; a display of humorous books from the Ottawa Public Library; a Tongue-Twister bowl; comedy improvisation with the students of Lisgar Collegiate Instituteĺ─˘s Improv Team; a sing-along of funny songs with Music for Young Children; a display of Chuckle Bros cartoons with NACO violinist Brian Boychuk, and a craft station where kids can make their own hippo pencil toppers.

Eugene Levy was one of the founding members of Second City (SCTV) and has appeared as supporting actor in a long string of movies including the American Pie series, three Christopher Guest ĺ─˙mockumentariesĺ─¨ which he co-wrote ĺ─ý A Mighty Wind, Waiting for Guffman and Best in Show ĺ─ý and four movies with Steve Martin including Father of the Bride. He has been inducted twice into the Canadian Walk of Fame ĺ─ý both as a member of SCTV in 2002 and solo in 2006 ĺ─ý and one week prior to the NAC Orchestra concert he is being honoured for Lifetime Achievement at the Governor Generalĺ─˘s Performing Arts Awards at the NAC where his longtime friend Martin Short will be his presenter.

The concert includes musical selections from Haydnĺ─˘s Surprise Symphony; Leroy Andersonĺ─˘s The Waltzing Cat; Big Business both written and performed by pianist Gabriel Thibaudeau, and themes from Hockey Night in Canada and The Simpsons. John Serryĺ─˘s Waltz will be performed on percussion by Bangers and Smash, and Leopold Mozartĺ─˘s Toy Symphony will be performed with the help of some young members of the audience. Eugene Levy together with Pierre Brault will provide the hilarious baseball sportscasting for Peter Schikeleĺ─˘s famous take on Beethovenĺ─˘s Fifth. The concert will also incorporate cartoons by the NAC Orchestraĺ─˘s own funnyman Brian Boychuk of the internationally syndicated Chuckle Bros comic strip.

All TD Canada Trust Family Adventures feature NACOtron presented in collaboration with Rogers Television. Five television cameras positioned on stage and in the hall capture live video images of the musicians while they are performing, and these images are projected onto a giant screen above the stage allowing the audience to watch the action in close-up.

The Ottawa Citizen is the media partner of the TD Canada Trust Family Adventures with the NAC Orchestra.

Tickets for Music and Humour with Eugene Levy on Saturday, May 10 at 13:30 and 15:30, including TuneTown Pre-Concert Activities, are $12.00 for children and $20.00 for adults (including GST and Facility Fee where applicable). They are on sale now at the NAC Box Office (Monday to Saturday from 10:00 to 21:00), and through Ticketmaster (with surcharges) at 613-755-1111. Visit the National Arts Centreĺ─˘s web site at

Groups of 10 and more save 15% to 20% off the regular price of tickets to NAC Music, Theatre and Dance performances. To reserve your seats call 613-947-7000 ext. 384 or email

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Normand Deveault et son ensemble au Balcon


en compagnie de

Normand Deveault et son ensemble

Vendredi le 9 mai 2008

Le Balcon cafłę-thłęłótre vous invite łŢ une soirłęe majestueuse aux couleurs antillaises des plus belles et chaleureuses musiques en provenance du pays du soleil. Un spectacle de rłüve mettant łŢ l'honneur les rythmes jazz caribłęens habilement prłęsentłęs par Normand Deveault et son ensemble.

Ayant vłęcu prł«s de 20 ans dans les Antilles Franł▀aises, Normand Deveault a su s'imprłęgner de ces rythmes caribłęens. Il s'est ensuite entourłę en crłęant ce spectacle d'excellents musiciens tel que Normand Guilbault, ce contrebassiste dont la rłęputation n'est plus łŢ faire. Cet ensemble musical de haut calibre saura trł«s bien nous transmettre et nous faire partager leur passion pour ces rythmes uniques łŢ travers une słęlection de pił«ces originales, de classiques de ces pays et de quelques reprises habilement triłęes sur le volet. Un spectacle endiablłę nous offrant une musique łŢ saveur de vacance et de soleil.

Venez vous joindre łŢ nous au Balcon cafłę-thłęłótre le 9 mai prochain pour vous donner un avant goł¬t de la saison estivale.

17h30 : Table d'hłąte 4 services avec ambiance live, spectacle, taxes et pourboire inclus 62.08$

20h30 : Possibilitłę d'assister au spectacle seulement 16.93$

Le Balcon Cafłę-Thłęłótre est situłę au 304 rue Notre-Dame est łŢ Montrłęal.

Denis Drolet - Dernił«re chance łŢ Montrłęal

Les Denis Drolet




Montrłęal, le 30 avril 2008 ĺ─ý Incarnant tout ce qui est contraire łŢ la logique et łŢ la structure, les Denis Drolet fouleront la scł«ne de la Cinquił«me Salle le 16 mai dans le cadre de la dernił«re reprłęsentation montrłęalaise des Droletteries.

Sillonnant le Qułębec avec Les Droletteries depuis janvier 2007, ce spectacle en aura słęduit plus d'un, comme en fait foi cette sixił«me reprłęsentation en sol montrłęalais. Au programme, de nouveaux personnages dłębridłęs ainsi que l'irremplał▀able Just-To-Buy-My-Love, des textes imprłęvisibles et dłęroutants, des chansons tirłęes de leur album 2d et des fous rires garantis !

Les dignes reprłęsentants du non-sens vous invitent pour la dernił«re fois łŢ l'intłęrieur de l'univers savoureusement dłęlirant des Droletteries, suite łŢ quoi les Denis Drolet s'łęclipseront afin de plancher sur de nouveaux projets. Parions que les nouvelles activitłęs de notre duo absurde prłęfłęrłę seront aussi rafrałĂchissantes que leurs spectacles !

"Leur humour est toujours aussi hilarant, dłęstabilisantĺ─ et irrłęsistible! Les Denis Drolet sont toujours aussi rafrałĂchissants dans le merveilleux monde de l'humour qułębłęcois. S'ils n'existaient pas, il faudrait les inventer."

Maxime Demers, Journal de Montrłęal

"On rit łŢ en avoir mal au ventre."

Isabelle Massłę, La Presse

"Quelque chose de totalement unique, oł╝ l'on passe de Claude Gauvreau aux Dłęmons du midi."

Catherine Perin, Premił«re chałĂne

Č┤ Du pur bonheur! Ȭ

Cafłęine, TQS

Hip-di-Hip hourra!!! Billets en vente maintenant sur le rłęseau Admission

(514) 790ĺ─Ű1245, sans frais au 1-800-361ĺ─Ű4595,

La tournłęe Les Droletteries tire łŢ sa fin! Plus qu'une reprłęsentation łŢ l'extłęrieur de Montrłęal !

24 mai ĺ─ý Ste-Anne-de-Sorel (Thłęłótre du Chenal-du-Moine)

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Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Call for $10,000 grant applications open

Music teachers in Canada sing the praises of MusiCan

TORONTO, April 29 - Today, MusiCan celebrates a recent survey that proves with a
fistful of money and a lot of heart, significant growth in music education is
possible. The survey reported that recipient school students have been given the
ability to explore different genres of music, seen the creation of new musical
ensembles and many recipient schools have indicated an increased number of public
performances since being awarded a grant. MusiCan, the charitable arm of the
Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS), plans to continue its
mission to elevate music education in Canadian schools, and is now accepting
applications for 2008-2009 Band Aid grants. Schools will find more information on
application criteria, including downloadable Application Forms for Band Aid grants

Applications will be accepted from May 1 - August 1, 2008.
The Band Aid musical instrument grants provide Canadian public schools - elementary,
secondary and separate - $10,000 towards the purchase of new musical instruments.
Past grant recipients continue to report positive effects of the increased inventory
size and quality of musical instruments available at their schools,
and an increased time spent on instruction instead of instrument repair.

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Saison 2008-2009 - Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montrłęal


Montrłęal, le 29 avril 2008 Č˝ Forts du succł«s de sa saison 2007-2008, oł╝ des records d'assistance ont łętłę fracassłęs avec des salles remplies łŢ 95 % et plus de 75 000 spectateurs pour la seule annłęe 2007, c'est le coeur łŢ la fłüte que Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montrłęal entreprennent leur 52e saison. Sous la direction artistique de Gradimir Pankov, la compagnie promet encore une fois d'en mettre plein la vue avec un florilł«ge de spectacles, mettant en vedette les chorłęgraphes bien łętablis et les łętoiles montantes du ballet contemporain. Cette nouvelle saison s'annonce grisante, somptueuse et irrłęsistible!

Tchałěkovski est sur tous les fronts ! Un des fils conducteurs de la saison est sans contredit la musique du compositeur russe P.I. Tchałěkovski (1840-1893), au programme de tous les spectacles cette annłęe, łŢ deux exceptions prł«s! Le chorłęgraphe russe Boris Eifman et sa cłęlł«bre compagnie, le Eifman Ballet Theatre de Saint-Płętersbourg, brosse młüme le portrait de cet homme dłęchirłę dans Tchałěkovski possłędłę par son double, un de ses ballets les plus achevłęs, au programme de la saison. L'oeuvre abondante de Tchałěkovski ȡ opłęras, ballets, symphonies, concertos, musique de chambre, młęlodies ȡ, a exercłę une influence considłęrable sur plusieurs głęnłęrations de compositeurs russes et continue de słęduire tous les publics.

Autre fil conducteur : la saison 2008-2009 des Grands Ballets comprend des oeuvres qui ont suscitłę un trł«s grand enthousiasme łŢ leur crłęation, parmi lesquels La dame de pique de Kim Brandstrup, La belle au bois dormant de Mats Ek et Re-, II de Shen Wei, afin qu'ils touchent un auditoire encore plus vaste. Ces oeuvres hautement visuelles opł«rent une fusion remarquable entre tradition et modernitłę, młętissant la danse łŢ la littłęrature et aux autres formes d'art. Spectaculaires, virtuoses et divertissantes, elles s'abreuvent łŢ de grands classiques : une

nouvelle fantastique de Pouchkine pour La dame de pique, un conte populaire qui a marqułę de nombreuses głęnłęrations dans le cas de La belle au bois dormant. ł─ ces relectures, se rattache łęgalement le fameux Casse- Noisette de Fernand Nault, inspirłę du conte d'Hoffmann. Pour sa part, le chorłęgraphe Shen Wei nous convie avec Re-, II łŢ une rencontre entre le passłę et le prłęsent, entre l'Orient et l'Occident, dans un langage dłęfiant toute catłęgorisation.


Comme entrłęe en matił«re, assistez en dłębut de saison aux premiers pas de quatre jeunes chorłęgraphes canadiens, dont un du Qułębec. łăgłęs de moins de 30 ans et słęlectionnłęs pour leur originalitłę, les laurłęats du premier concours chorłęgraphique national mis sur pied par Gradimir Pankov ont eu cinq semaines pour crłęer des pił«ces ne dłępassant pas 25 minutes pour un maximum de quatre danseurs de la compagnie. Ces futures tłütes d'affiches de la danse canadienne, de concert avec les GBCM, vous invitent łŢ łütre tłęmoins de leurs prłęcieux dłębuts les 25, 26 et 27 septembre 2008 łŢ l'Agora de la danse. Prłęparez-vous łŢ une bouffłęe d'air frais!


Suivra La dame de pique, du chorłęgraphe danois Kim Brandstrup, l'une des productions les plus ambitieuses des GBCM. Cette somptueux oeuvre intłęgrale pour une trentaine de danseurs, sur la musique de Gabriel Thibodeau d'aprł«s Tchałěkovski, conjugue audacieusement danse sur pointes et dłęcors virtuels. La dame de pique est inspirłęe de la nouvelle łęponyme de l'łęcrivain Alexandre Pouchkine (1799-1837) qui raconte les amours destructrices d'Hermann, un officier de l'armłęe russe, obsłędłę par l'idłęe d'arracher łŢ une vieille comtesse son secret pour gagner aux cartes et accłęder ainsi łŢ l'łęlite. Kim Brandstrup, cinłęaste et chorłęgraphe danois passionnłę

de cinłęma muet, dont les małĂtres łŢ penser sont Kurosawa ou Eisenstein, en a complł«tement dłępoussiłęrłę le rłęcit. Č┤ J'ai toujours łętłę intłęressłę łŢ raconter des histoires avec mes ballets en utilisant le langage du cinłęma contemporain. Toute ma dłęmarche vient de lłŢ et ce, depuis longtemps Ȭ, prłęcise l'artiste. Montłęe comme un film, brł¬lante d'actualitłę, cette relecture rłęsolument novatrice de Pouchkine par Brandstrup s'impose comme un atout majeur dans l'univers de la crłęation. Č┤ La dame de pique joue toutes les bonnes cartes. Ȭ (The National Post ). Les 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25, 31 octobre et 1er novembre au Thłęłótre Maisonneuve de la Place des Arts.


Durant le temps des Fłütes, prenez l'express des Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montrłęal en direction du monde fłęerique de Casse-Noisette. En compagnie des jeunes guides Clara et Fritz et d'une ribambelle d'enfants, dłęcouvrez un univers fantasmagorique aux dłęcors somptueux. Escale au fabuleux Pays des neiges, słęjour inoubliable au Royaume des friandises et audience avec le Roi des Bonbons et la Fłęe Dragłęe sont au programme! Vous y croiserez plus de 150 personnages aux costumes riches et chatoyants. Cet immortel conte d'Hoffmann chorłęgraphiłę

en 1964 par Fernand Nault sur la ravissante musique de ČÍ Tchałěkovski! comblera toute la famille. Prenez vite vos places, le joyeux convoi ne prend le dłępart qu'une fois l'an. Du 13 au 30 dłęcembre łŢ la Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier de la Place des Arts.


En fłęvrier, cap sur la Russie ! Encensłę par la critique lors de son premier passage łŢ Montrłęal, le Eifman Ballet Theatre de Saint-Płętersbourg est de retour łŢ l'invitation des Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montrłęal. La cłęlł«bre troupe, qui prłęsentait sa renversante Giselle rouge en 2005, nous revient avec Tchałěkovski possłędłę par son double de Boris Eifman, philosophe de la danse salułę par le New York Times comme Č┤ le plus brillant chorłęgraphe russe Ȭ. Sur son lit de mort, Piotr Illitch Tchaikovski dłęlire, hallucine, se dłędouble, revit les łęvłęnements dłęterminants de sa vie. L'oeuvre, grandiose, nous plonge au coeur de la vie tourmentłęe du compositeur, torturłę

par une homosexualitłę rłęprimłęe, et dłęchirłę entre sa soif de reconnaissance et son dłęsir de rłębellion. Liant brillamment des extraits de ses chefs-d'oeuvre musicaux, elle met en lumił«re l'extraordinaire intensitłę dramatique et la technique sans failles des danseurs de la compagnie. Un ballet qui a fait un tabac łŢ Paris et New York! Pour trois soirs seulement les 19, 20 et 21 fłęvrier 2009 łŢ la Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier de la Place des Arts.



Le chorłęgraphe belge Stijn Celis est la coqueluche actuelle du ballet europłęen. Aprł«s avoir crłęłę pour Les Grands Ballets de magnifiques Noces en 2002 et une Cendrillon des plus surprenantes en 2007, Celis nous rłęserve une crłęation exclusive pour les GBCM, en premił«re mondiale. Avec Celis, il faut s'attendre łŢ tout! Surprise et dłępaysement assurłęs avec ce chorłęgraphe audacieux qui n'a pas froid aux yeux et qui se plałĂt łŢ dłęboulonner les mythes. Quoi de mieux que cette premił«re mondiale pour saluer l'arrivłęe du printemps! Le prodigieux chorłęgraphe chinois Shen Wei, qui contribuera łŢ la 29e Cłęrłęmonie d'ouverture des Jeux olympiques de Beijing łŢ l'łętłę 2008, sera łęgalement de la soirłęe avec la reprise de Re-,II, une oeuvre qui a Č┤ płętrifiłę littłęralement le

public par sa beautłę singulił«re Ȭ (Le Devoir ) en 2007. Nłęe de ses impressions łŢ la suite d'un słęjour au temple d'Angkor Vat au Cambodge, Re-, II allie mouvement, peinture, sculpture, Orient et Occident dans un langage d'une incroyable originalitłę. Deux oeuvres exceptionnelles et hypnotiquesČÍ, deux musts absolus! Les 26, 27 et 28 mars, 2, 3 et 4 avril 2009 au Thłęłótre Maisonneuve de la Place des Arts.


Subversive, cocasse et touchante de fragilitłę, La belle au bois dormant de Mats Ek łęmergera de son sommeil dł«s l'annonce des beaux jours, grłóce aux Grands Ballets, aprł«s une premił«re prłęsentation par le Ballet Cullberg en 2001. Le chorłęgraphe sułędois a revisitłę avec audace nombre de ballets classiques. Č┤ Un conte de fłęe est comme une jolie maison, mais il y a un łęcriteau sur la porte annonł▀ant zone minłęe Ȭ, dit Mats Ek. Dans sa version librement inspirłęe du conte de Perrault et qui salue de quelques clins d'oeil celle de Petipa crłęłęe en 1890, des łęvłęnements inexplicables se produisent. Exit la belle princesse endormie, bonjour la jeune fugueuse, rebelle et toxicomane, en qułüte d'amour et de paradis artificiels ! Utilisant une gestuelle ample et incisive, d'une łęnergie dłębridłęe, Mats Ek met en scł«ne une Belle au bois dormant coup-de-poing, marqułęe par sa vision d'une jeune fille stone croisłęe au bord d'une route. La splendide musique de Tchałěkovski berce le tout! Č┤ Ceux qui voient cette Belle au bois dormant ne l'oublieront jamais. Ȭ (The Gazette ). Les 7, 8, 9, 14, 15 et 16 mai 2009

au Thłęłótre Maisonneuve de la Place des Arts.


Une heure avant les reprłęsentations, danseurs, chorłęgraphes, musiciens et invitłęs spłęciaux partagent avec le public un moment privilłęgiłę. Soyez des nłątres (consultez notre site Internet pour plus de dłętails).


Pour avoir des informations sur les diffłęrentes formules d'abonnement des Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montrłęal, les forfaits de groupe et les privilł«ges exceptionnels qui y sont rattachłęs, le grand public est invitłę łŢ tłęlłęphoner au 514-849-0269, łŢ consulter la brochure de saison ou le site Le site prłęsente łęgalement des renseignements sur les spectacles, la compagnie et les danseurs.

Les Grands Ballets canadiens de Montrłęal's 52nd season:


Montrłęal, April 29, 2008 Č˝ Bolstered by the success of the 2007-2008 seasonȡa year of record-breaking attendance, with seats filled to 95% capacity and over 75,000 spectators in 2007 aloneȡLes Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montrłęal is approaching its 52nd season in high spirits! Under the artistic direction of Gradimir Pankov, the coming year promises to be equally dazzling, with a stunning series of shows that spotlight leading choreographers and rising stars in contemporary ballet. Three words sum it up: sumptuous, heady and irresistible!

Tchaikovsky all the way! One of the season's most evident recurring themes is the music of Russian composer P. I. Tchaikovsky (1840-1893), which will feature in every show except two! Russian choreographer Boris Eifman and his celebrated troupe, the Eifman Ballet Theatre of St. Petersburg, even go so far as to paint a portrait of the composer himself in Tchaikovsky: The Mystery of Life and Death, one of Eifman's most accomplished works and a prized addition to the season's program. Tchaikovsky's prolific outputȡhis operas, ballets, symphonies, concertos, chamber music and melodiesȡhas had a strong influence on generations of Russian compose and continues to enchant audiences today.

Other themes: In the interests of reaching an even broader audience, the coming season will include previously staged and highly acclaimed works like Kim Brandstrup's Queen of Spades, Mats Ek's Sleeping Beauty and Shen Wei's Re-, II. Spectacular, virtuosic, entertaining and strongly visual, all three pieces are a remarkable combination of tradition and modernity, juxtaposing dance with literature and other art forms. The 2008-2009 season is also noteworthy in that it revisits a number of great classics, with Brandstrup's Queen of Spades inspired by Puskin's novella; Ek's Sleeping Beauty reworking Perreault's beloved fairytale; and Nault's Nutcracker based on the tale by Hoffmann. As for Wei's Re-, II, it brings together past and present, East and West in an original gestural language that defies categorization.


To start things off on a bright new note, the season will kick off with the works of four young Canadian choreographers, one of whom is from Quebec. Aged under 30 and chosen for their originality, the winners of the first national choreographic competitionȡan initiative launched by Gradimir Pankovȡhad five weeks in which to create a piece for up to four GBCM dancers lasting a maximum of 25 minutes. Together with Les Grands Ballets, these future headliners in Canadian dance invite you to witness their historic debuts on September 25, 26 and

27, 2008 at L'Agora de la danse. Get set for a breath of fresh air!


Next up will be one of the GBCM's most ambitious productions to date: The Queen of Spades, by Danish choreographer Kim Brandstrup. Set to Gabriel Thibodeau's reworked version of Tchaikovsky's score, this lush full-length ballet for 30 dancers boldly combines classical pointe work with virtual sets. Adapted from the eponymous novella by Alexander Pushkin (1799-1837), The Queen of Spades tells of the destructive passions of Hermann, a Russian army officer obsessed with the notion of obtaining a secret from an old countess that will let him win at cards and gain access to the upper levels of society. Brandstrupȡa filmmaker and choreographer whose artistic mentors (notably Eisenstein and Kurosawa) reflect his passion for the silver

screenȡhas breathed new life into the tale. "I have always been interested in telling stories with my ballets through the language of contemporary film. It's the basis for my whole approach and has been for a long time," said the artist. Staged like a film and brimming with feverish activity, Bandstrup's rereading of Pushkin is a winning card in the world of dance creation. "Queen of Spades deals all the right cards." Č˝ National Post October 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 31 and November 1, 2008 at Thłęłótre Maisonneuve, Place des Arts.


This holiday season, take the GBCM express to the magical realm of The Nutcracker. With your young guides Clara and Fritz and a throng of youngsters, discover a phantasmagorical world brought to life by dazzling sets.

On the itinerary: a stopover in the legendary Land of Snow, an unforgettable stay in the Land of Sweets, an audience with the King of Sweets and an encounter with the Sugarplum Fairy! Meet over 150 sparklingly costumed characters as your journey unfolds. Hoffmann's timeless tale, choreographed in 1964 by Fernand Nault to Tchaikovsky's ravishing score, is a treat for the whole family. Hurry and get your seats: this joyous procession departs but once a year! December 13 to 30, 2008 at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Place des Arts.


Come February, it's destination Russia! Critically acclaimed on their first visit to Montrłęal, the Eifman Ballet Theatre of St. Petersburg is back at the invitation of Les Grands Ballets. The famous troupe, that wowed the city with Red Giselle, now presents Tchaikovsky: The Mystery of Life and Death by Boris Eifman, a "philosopher of dance" hailed by The New York Times as "Russia's most successful contemporary choreographer." Piotr Illyich Tchaikovsky, on his deathbed, delirious and hallucinating, relives the major events of his life. Eifman's magnificent ballet plunges the audience into the tormented life of the Russian composer, tortured by his repressed homosexuality and torn between his rebellious nature and his thirst for recognition. Peopled by characters from the Tchaikovsky's legendary ballets, the work brilliantly weaves together excerpts of the composer's musical masterpieces. Tchaikovsky: The Mystery of Life and Death also points up the extraordinary dramatic intensity and faultless technique of Eifman's dancers. A ballet that took Paris and New York by storm! For three nights only: February 19, 20 and 21, 2009 at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Place des Arts.


After his magnificent Noces (2002) and equally astonishing Cinderella (2007), both of which he created for Les Grands Ballets, Belgian choreographer Stijn Celis will serve up a new work created exclusively for the company. As always, with Celisȡthe darling of European dance, and a bold choreographer who likes nothing better than to dismantle tradition and mythȡanything is possible. Change of scene guaranteed; and what better way to greet the arrival of spring than with a world premiere? Also on the evening's program is the extraordinary Shen Wei. The Chinese choreographer, whose work will feature in the opening ceremonies of the 29th Olympic Games this summer in Beijing, will stage a reprise of Re-, IIȡa work that, when it first played in Montrłęal in 2007, "veritably froze audiences to their seats with its singular beauty" (Le Devoir ). Based on impressions from Wei's sojourn at the Angkor Vat temple in Cambodia, Re-, II brings East and West together with movement, painting and sculpture in a language of incredible originality. Two masterful, compelling works: two absolute musts!

March 26, 27, 28 and April 2, 3 and 4, 2009 at Thłęłótre Maisonneuve, Place des Arts.


First staged by the Cullberg Ballet in 2001, Mats Ek's subversive, comical and heart-rendingly fragile Sleeping Beauty awakens in Montrłęal come summer, courtesy of Les Grands Ballets. The Swedish choreographer is known for his radical reworkings of various classical ballets. "A fairy tale is like a pretty little cottage," Ek said, "with a sign on the door saying 'Danger: landmines!'" Ek has taken Charles Perrault's original tale and created a bold adaptation that, with occasional nods to Marius Petipa's 1890 choreography, ushers in the unexpected. Exit the beautiful sleeping princess: enter the young runaway, a rebellious junkie in search of love and caught up in an artificial paradise. "I have a strong urge to tell stories," said Ek. Inspired by an encounter with a young addict on the street, Ek's Sleeping Beauty delivers a knockout punch through its use of an unbridled, energetic and incisive gestural language. All of it wrapped up in Tchaikovsky's splendid score. "Those who see this Sleeping Beauty will never forget it." (The Gazette ) May 7, 8, 9, 14 and 15, 2009 at Thłęłótre Maisonneuve, Place des Arts.


An hour before each performance, audience members can share an exclusive moment with dancers, choreographers, musicians or special guests. Join us! Details are available on our website.


For more information on subscribing to Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montrłęal, group rates and the many related benefits, call 514-849-0269, consult the seasonal brochure or visit, where you'll also find information on shows, the company and its dancers.

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[Montreal] Bilan de la 4e łędition de Pas de danse, pas de vie!

Montrłęal, le 29 avril 2008 ĺ─ý Cĺ─˘est aujourd'hui, 29 avril, quĺ─˘un peu partout dans le monde est cłęlłębrłęe la Journłęe Internationale de la danse, instaurłęe en 1982 par lĺ─˘UNESCO. ł─ sa manił«re, depuis 2005, le Regroupement qułębłęcois de la danse marque le coup, avec Pas de danse, pas de vie!, un łęvłęnement qui se dłęroule sur prł«s dĺ─˘une semaine et mobilise błęnłęvolement quelques centaines de professionnels de la danse łŢ Montrłęal et ailleurs au Qułębec.

Temps fort de rassemblement et de rencontres artistiques avec les citoyens, Pas de danse, pas de vie! souligne la vitalitłę de la danse qułębłęcoise en marquant sa place dans la Citłę et le quotidien des citoyens, de tous łóges, de toutes cultures. Avec cette quatrił«me łędition, les Montrłęalais ont profitłę dĺ─˘un parcours dĺ─˘activitłęs gratuites orchestrłę par plus de 200 artistes et presque autant dĺ─˘enseignants et de travailleurs en danse. Ce sont plusieurs milliers personnes qui ont foulłę les Traces chorłęgraphiques dłęposłęes sur les trottoir et sous leurs pieds. Ce sont des centaines dĺ─˘łęlł«ves qui, łŢ lĺ─˘instigation dĺ─˘une cinquantaine dĺ─˘enseignants de danse du rłęseau scolaire, ont dansłę sur la Trace qui leur łętait spłęcialement dłędiłęe, cette annłęe, par la chorłęgraphe Marie Chouinard.

Plusieurs moments ont ponctułę cette quatrił«me łędition de Pas de danse, pas de danse!, moments immortalisłęs par la magie de la photo, de la vidłęo, et relayłęs via le site et plusieurs młędias culturels. Rappelons les fłütes organisłęes dans deux łęcoles primaires du Plateau-Mont-Royal pour clore en beautłę le projet Traceurs łŢ lĺ─˘ëýuvre, une premił«re expłęrience de młędiation culturelle menłęe par le Regroupement qułębłęcois de la danse en partenariat avec la maison de la culture du Plateau-Mont-Royal. Soulignons le coup dĺ─˘envoi de Pas de danse, pas de vie! 2008, le 21 avril dernier, en prłęsence du premier ministre du Qułębec, Jean Charest qui, accompagnłęe dĺ─˘Anik Bissonnette, marraine de lĺ─˘łęvłęnement, et de Marie Chouinard, auteure de la Trace chorłęgraphique 2008 peinte devant son bureau, assistait łŢ une petite danse improvisłęe par six enfants. Mentionnons la participation enthousiaste des citoyens łŢ la cinquantaine de cours de danse gratuits, aux ateliers-dłęmonstrations, aux portes ouvertes, et łŢ lĺ─˘expłęrience que leur proposait La 2e Porte łŢ Gauche dans un appartement de la rue Garnier, łŢ Montrłęal. Soulignons, enfin, lĺ─˘affluence du tout public łŢ la Place des Arts, durant la journłęe du dimanche, alors que prł«s de 35 performances in situ furent prłęsentłęes en quasi-simultanłęitłę dans une atmosphł«re de fłüte populaire et de pur plaisir par plus de 125 artistes du SquatDanse, dont Josłę Navas, [bjm_danse] Les Ballets Jazz de Montrłęal et La La La Human Steps.

Č┤ ł─ lĺ─˘enseigne du plaisir de danser et de voir danser, cette quatrił«me łędition de Pas de danse, pas de vie!, dont je suis extrłümement fił«re, donne la mesure de ce que la communautłę de la danse recł«le comme łęnergie rassembleuse et contagieuse Ȭ, souligne Anik Bissonnette, prłęsidente du RQD. Č┤ Lĺ─˘an prochain, au printemps 2009, cette mobilisation extraordinaire que nous venons de connałĂtre sera certainement dłęcuplłęe lors des seconds łÔtats Głęnłęraux de la danse, alors que la communautłę de la danse sera rassemblłęe pour se doter dĺ─˘une vision dĺ─˘avenir concertłęeȬ.

Sans relłóche, jusquĺ─˘łŢ pareille date lĺ─˘an prochain, les travaux des Grands Chantiers de la danse, menłęs par plusieurs comitłęs responsables des recherches et des consultations, suivront leur cours. Sur leurs tables de travail, des thłęmatiques ouvertes sur lĺ─˘avenir : le dłęfi dĺ─˘une relł«ve disciplinaire en danse ; la qualification de la main dĺ─˘ëýuvre en danse ; les conditions de la pratique au regard des exigences de lĺ─˘art ; la consolidation de lĺ─˘infrastructure de la danse ainsi que lĺ─˘occupation des territoires de la danse. En filigrane deux prłęoccupations tissent la toile des rłęflexions : la place de lĺ─˘artiste dans la Citłę ainsi que les exigences de la recherche et de la crłęation en danse.

Avec cette quatrił«me łędition de Pas de danse, pas de vie!, la communautłę de la dansea fixłę ses repł«res, depuis les łęcoles de quartier jusquĺ─˘au bureau du premier ministre du Qułębec, en passant par le Quartier des spectacles, les lieux phares de la danse łŢ Montrłęal et au Qułębec, les conseils des arts et le conseil du trłęsor. Le prochain rendez-vous affiche dłęjłŢ ses couleurs, puisque la cinquił«me łędition de Pas de danse, pas de vie! battra le pouls des seconds łÔtats głęnłęraux de la danse, dĺ─˘une communautłę tournłęe vers lĺ─˘avenir.

Le Regroupement qułębłęcois de la danse
Fondłę en 1984, le Regroupement qułębłęcois de la danse (RQD) compte plus de 500 membres professionnels de la danse (interprł«tes, enseignants, chorłęgraphes, compagnies, diffuseurs, łęcoles professionnelles, chercheurs). Il est fier de souligner la participation exceptionnelle des artistes de la danse łŢ cette nouvelle łędition de Pas de danse, pas de vie! et remercie tous ses partenaires, en particulier la Place des Arts.

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Hundreds of young musicians rush into the 3rd annual Blues Camp auditions

Montreal, Tuesday, April 29, 2008 ĺ─ţMargueriteĺ─ŰDe Lajemmerais high school flew its flags last weekend ĺ─ţ all of them blue! The school hosted the 3rd annual auditions for the upcoming Blues Camp presented by TD Canada Trust, welcoming over 300 music-mad teenagers who flocked in to display their talents on their chosen instrument or on vocals. All the energetic young participants were eager for the opportunity to earn one of 50 final spots and showcase their technique and musical knowledge at this utterly unique and entirely free Blues Camp, presented from June 29 to July 6, 2008 by the Montreal Musical Instrument Show (SIMM) and the Festival International de Jazz de Montrłęal.

The Kids Are Alright!

Say what you will about the younger generation, but if we can judge by the newcomers who shared their passion for music at last weekend's auditions, then the kids are alright! Hundreds of budding young 13-17-year-old musicians were classified according to age and level of musical knowledge before facing a handful of music professionals and professors. Those selected in the first roundĺ─ţ including, for the first time, a girl on bassĺ─ţwere then interviewed and given opportunity to speak about their interests and passions. In every category (guitar, bass, drums, keyboards, wind instruments, harmonica and vocals), Blues Camp organizers and judges were utterly thrilled by what they heard from the talent on display. And if you believe in music, and the undiscovered magic that lies in the power of youth, be advised: the vigour, freshness and talent displayed at this third annual audition won't be kept secret for very longĺ─Â

The Blues Camp presents 50 young people showcasing their passion and devotion to the blues, on their chosen instrument, for seven inspiring daysĺ─ţall free of chargeĺ─ţfrom June 29 to July 6, 2008, at Cłęgep du Vieux Montrłęal near the Festival site. All participants will take part in the closing Blues Camp concert for a live audience on July 6, from the TD Canada Trust stage, as part of the Festival International de Jazz de Montrłęal.

The Blues Camp offers its warmest thanks to TD Canada Trust, whose continued proud sponsorship and presentation hit just the right note, making this musical dream camp possible. Our sincere thanks also go out to partners Steve's Music Store, Mel Bay, Aebersold, Vox, Pearl, Marshall, Korg, Phonic and Markbass, cłęgep du Vieux Montrłęal, CIBL Radioĺ─ŰMontrłęal 101.5, Couleur Jazz 91.9 and the Canada Council for the Arts.

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Zachary Richard en 3 temps : Laval, Brossard et Montrłęal

Montrłęal, le 29 avril 2008 ĺ─ý Plus que quelques heures avant le coup d'envoi de la tournłęe młętropolitaine de Zachary Richard ! La tournłęe Lumił«re dans le noir le mł«nera d'une rive łŢ l'autre de Brossard łŢ Laval avant de s'arrłüter au Thłęłótre Outremont łŢ Montrłęal.

Entourłę par quatre musiciens exceptionnels, David Torkanowsky aux claviers, Denis Courchesne łŢ la batterie et aux percussions, Nicolas Fiszman łŢ la basse et łÔric Sauviat, guitariste de Francis Cabrel, aux guitares, notre Louisianais favori prłęsentera des pił«ces de son dernier album, Lumił«re dans le noir, en plus de faire revivre sur scł«ne des succł«s tels que Cap Enragłę, La ballade de Jean Batailleur et Travailler c'est trop dur. Les puissantes młęlodies de ses chansons conjugułęes łŢ la sensibilitłę engagłęe du poł«te qu'est Zachary Richard laisse entrevoir la promesse d'un spectacle d'une rare intensitłę. Trois rendez-vous łŢ ne pas manquer !

30 avril Laval ĺ─ý Salle Andrłę-Mathieu

1er mai Brossard ĺ─ý L'łÔtoile, Quartier DIX30

2 mai Montrłęal ĺ─ý Thłęłótre Outremont


Č┤ Tout simplement grandiose. Ȭ łÔric Aussant, Młętro Montrłęal

Č┤ ĺ─ ne peut faire autrement que chavirer le cëýur de toute personne qui a la chance d'en avoir un. Ȭ Alexandre Vigneault, La Presse

Č┤ ĺ─ la magie de Zachary Richard a fonctionnłę. Ȭ David Patry, Le Journal de Montrłęal

Č┤ Transposer cet univers sur scł«ne et atteindre le młüme niveau d'łęmotions n'est pas une mince affaire.Zachary Richard a relevłę le dłęfi.. Ȭ Alexandre Vigneault, La Presse


30 avril ĺ─ý Laval

1er mai ĺ─ý Brossard

2 mai ĺ─ý Montrłęal

8 mai ĺ─ý Joliette

9 mai ĺ─ý La Prairie

10 mai ĺ─ý Lłęvis

11 mai ĺ─ý Sudbury

17 mai ĺ─ý St-Jłęrłąme

22 mai ĺ─ý Montmagny

23 mai ĺ─ý Ste-Marie-de-Beauce

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[Montreal] Upstairs will move into the Maison du Festival de Jazz!

Le Quartier des spectacles welcomes Joel Giberovitch and Upstairs!
Upstairs will move into the Maison du Festival de Jazz!

Montreal, Tuesday, April 29, 2008 - Organizers of the Festival International de Jazz de Montrłęal are happy to announce that, next year, Montreal's own authentic Upstairs Jazz Bar & Grill will move into the future Maison du Festival de Jazz, and celebrated jazz-club owner, Joel Giberovitch, is officially joining their team. Beginning in May 2009, Joel Giberovitch will hold the position of Director of Operations for shows and restaurant services at the resto-grill and the Maison Festival de Jazz, which, inaugurated in time for the 30th anniversary of the biggest jazz festival on the planet, will become the jazz temple in Montreal. Joel Giberovitch will make sure to bring with him, not only his expertise and passion for jazz, but his executive chef Juan Barros and personnel and, of course, the very soul of Upstairs, breathing new life into this brand new hot spot for jazz at the heart of Montreal's effervescent cultural scene: the old Blumenthal building in the heart of the Quartier des spectacles.

With a mission to promote jazz 364 days a year, Upstairs Jazz Bar & Grill will now enjoy an expanded space and a synergy with the Maison du Festival de Jazz and the Festival, giving it new possibilities for international promotionȡand that's excellent news for the local jazz community.

Joel Giberovitch joined Upstairs in 1995. After a few years of operating the business, he realized that Montreal was in need of a Jazz venue, with live music as the heart and soul of the club. For inspiration, he took a trip to New York and returned with the vision that we now know as the Upstairs Jazz Bar & Grill, an institution in Montreal offering a blend of great live jazz 364 days a year, tasty food, cool ambiance and friendly, efficient service. The programming at Upstairs showcases our Montreal musicians as well as national and international acts. Over the past 13 years, Upstairs has presented more than 500 great artists such as Kurt Rosenwinkel, Jeff Healy, Sheila Jordan, Dave Liebman, David Binney, Mark Murphy, Ranee Lee, Sonny Greenwich, Lorraine Desmarais, Alain Caron, Franł▀ois Bourassa, and many, many, more. Joel Giberovitch and the Festival International de Jazz de Montrłęal share a vision: to provide Montreal with a premier Jazz Club with an international presence.

Keep in mind that the Maison du Festival de Jazzȡan extraordinary gift from the Qułębec government for the 30th anniversary of the Festivalȡwith its jazz club and expanded-capacity Upstairs, complete with an attractive terrace smack dab in the middle of the Quartier des spectacles, will serve as a year-round performance venue, a hall of fame, a gallery and permanent exhibition space, and an important audiovisual documentation centre for preserving and protecting the Festival's musical heritage. The international-calibre promotion venue for jazz and musical practice will be open to the public and is sure to become a major tourist attraction in Montreal and its Quartier de spectacles. And the seven-storey building next to the future Place des festivals will also meet the long-term requirements of producing the Festival, providing adequate premises for welcoming the press as well as technical and logistical command centres, which could in turn be used by other festivals operating in the adjacent public space.

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Monday, April 28, 2008

The VSO presents the legendary Canadian mezzo-soprano Judith Forst

Yeah, baby! Itĺ─˘s Cool Britannia, with the VSO and legendary Canadian mezzo-soprano Judith Forst!

Vancouver BC ĺ─ý The VSO presents the last London Drugs VSO Pops concert of the season ĺ─ý Cool Britannia, featuring a sampling of the vast and varied repertoire made famous in concert halls and on movie screens worldwide. This cool concert includes music from the James Bond movies, the Austin Powers theme, music of the Beatles, Gilbert & Sullivan, Ivor Novello, and Noel Coward. Bramwell Tovey conducts and hosts with humour and panache. The VSO is also proud to welcome legendary mezzo-soprano Judith Forst, the Chor Leoni Menĺ─˘s Choir and the Elektra Womenĺ─˘s Choir and will take place on Friday & Saturday, May 16th & 17th at the Orpheum Theatre.

It has been over a decade since Vancouverĺ─˘s own mezzo-soprano star, Judith Forst, last collaborated with the VSO ĺ─ý she comes out of semi-retirement to sing for the final VSO Pops concert of the season, and audiences eagerly anticipate her return. Forst is truly a Canadian legend, having received the Order of Canada in 1991, the Order of British Columbia in 2001, the Freedom of the City of Port Moody in 1992, and named Canadian Woman of the Year in 1978. She won the Metropolitan Opera Auditions Award and has honourary Doctorates from both UBC and UVic. In 2004, Judith Forst received Canadaĺ─˘s most prestigious opera honour ĺ─ý a Ruby Award ĺ─ý marking her distinguished career in opera. Yet, despite all this reverence, Forst remains extremely down to earth. She regards leading a school concert in Port Moody as important as singing with the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. A staunch supporter of new composers, fellow performers, and conductors throughout her career, she generously gives her time for fundraisers and benefit concerts.

The Chor Leoni Menĺ─˘s Choir is one of the leading male choir movements in Canada. Maestro Tovey affirmed ĺ─˙Chor Leoni has a polish, a sound, a spontaneity and a style that I feel is unequaled by any male voice choir that I have ever heardĺ─Âĺ─¨ In addition to Chor Leoniĺ─˘s many concerts, it mentors young singers and gives them an exceptional opportunity to sing with the choir.

Elektra Womenĺ─˘s Choir is regarded as an international leader in the classical women's choir movement. Its mandate is to inspire and lead in the choral art form through excellence in performance and through the creation, exploration and celebration of women's repertoire. Elektra is known for adventurous programming, seeking out music written specifically for women and commissioning new works. Singers are selected by audition and share an enthusiasm for challenging repertoire.

Weĺ─˘ll be seeing you, at the Orpheum!


London Drugs VSO Pops Series

Cool Britannia
Friday & Saturday, May 16 & 17, 8pm, Orpheum Theatre
Bramwell Tovey
Judith Forst mezzo-soprano
Chor Leoni Menĺ─˘s Choir
Elektra Womenĺ─˘s Choir

Ticket prices: $25 - $78 (Student, Senior and Subscriber discounts available)

Tickets Available at VSO Customer Service, 604.876.3434; Ticketmaster Charge-by-Phone, 604.280.3311; online at

Series Generously Sponsored By: London Drugs

May 16th Concert Sponsored By: Holland America

Radio Sponsor: 600AM


Bramwell Tovey, conductor

A musician of striking versatility, Bramwell Tovey is acknowledged around the world for his artistic depth and warm, charismatic personality on the podium. Toveyĺ─˘s career as a conductor is uniquely enhanced by his work as a composer and pianist, lending him a remarkable musical perspective.

His tenures as Music Director of the Vancouver Symphony, Luxembourg Philharmonic and Winnipeg Symphony Orchestras have been characterized by his expertise in the opera, choral, and British repertoire. Tovey recently garnered a 2007 Grammy Award for his recording with violinist James Ehnes and the Vancouver Symphony. Recently named Principal Guest Conductor for the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, he works frequently with the Toronto Symphony, Montreal Symphony, Royal Philharmonic and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestras, among many others. He has presided as host and conductor of the New York Philharmonicĺ─˘s Summertime Classics series at Avery Fisher Hall since its founding in 2004.

A champion of contemporary music, Tovey developed the highly regarded New Music Festival in Winnipeg, during his tenure as Music Director. As a composer, he was honored with the Best Canadian Classical Composition Juno Award in 2003 for his Requiem for a Charred Skull. Upcoming new works include a co-commission for the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonicsĺ─˘ respective 2008 summer seasons as well as a full-length opera for the Calgary Opera, The Inventor, to premiere in January of 2011.

Tovey has been awarded honorary degrees, including a Fellowship from the Royal Academy of Music in London, honorary Doctorates of Law from the universities of Winnipeg and Manitoba, and Kwantlen University College, as well as a Royal Conservatory of Music Fellowship in Toronto. In 1999, he received the M. Joan Chalmers National Award for Artistic Direction, a Canadian prize awarded to artists for outstanding contributions in the performing arts.

Judith Forst, mezzo-soprano

Canadian born mezzo-soprano Judith Forst has been highly acclaimed for her operatic and concert performances throughout North America and in Europe in many of the worlds most prestigious theaters which have included the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Bavarian State Opera, Munich, Netherlands Opera, Dallas Opera, Washington Opera, Vancouver Opera, at the Santa Fe Opera Festival and many others. In 2006 she made her debut at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan as the Kabinicha in Janacekĺ─˘s Katya Kabanova . Recognized as one of Canada's most distinguished artists, she has been honored with the Order of Canada.

Judith Forst is now most identified with roles such as the Kostelnicka in Janacek's Jenufa, Klytemnestra in Strauss's Elektra, Herodias in Salome and Mme de Croissy in Poulenc's Dialogues des Carmelites, the Countess in Tchaikovskyĺ─˘s The Queen of Spades, Augusta Tabor in Mooreĺ─˘s The Ballad of Baby Doe, the Baroness in Barberĺ─˘s Vanessa and the Witch in Hansel und Gretel. Prior to expanding into this repertoire, she had sung a repertoire of extraordinary versatility and one which encompassed virtually all styles and periods and which has extended into the soprano repertoire as well.

Judith Forst began her career at the Metropolitan Opera when, after her participation in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, General Manager Sir Rudolf Bing immediately offered her a contract with the company. Her first roles at the Metropolitan included Preziosilla in La Forza del Destino, Stephano in Romeo et Juliette and Siebel in Faust and. she has returned to the Metropolitan regularly all through her career for roles such as Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni under James Levine, Giulietta in Les Contes d'Hoffmann, Countess Adelaide in Arabella, and the Kabinicha in Katya Kabanova. After her firs seasons at the Metropolitan, Forst was soon heard at most of the operatic theaters in North America in roles such as Dorabella in Cosi Fan tutte, Rosina in Il Babiere di Siviglia, the title role in La Cenerentola, Adalgisa in Norma Charlotte in Werther, Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier and Bizetĺ─˘s Carmen. She made her Seattle Opera debut as Giovanna Seymour in Anna Bolena and subsequently appeared in this role opposite Dame Joan Sutherland in San Francisco, Toronto, Detroit, Washington D.C and in New York where the concert was also televised as part of the "Live from Lincoln Center" series. Forst made her European debut in Paris in 1985 in a concert performance of Hoffmann and her Munich debut as Preziosilla in La Forza del Destino. She made her London debut in the spring of 1992 in the British premiere of Rossini's Ermione and starred as the Composer in a new production of Ariadne auf Naxos at the English National Opera in 1994.

In recent seasons Forst has participated in productions of many contemporary works and world premieres. She appeared in two such premieres at the San Francisco, singing in Sousa's Liaisons Dangereuses and Previn's Streetcar Named Desire. Both productions were telecast nationally. Forst appeared in Dallas in Argento's Valentino while in Toronto, she created the roles of Pamphilea and Antiope in of The Golden Ass with the Canadian Opera Company Among the many other 20th Century have been of Marie in Berg's Wozzeck, a role she debuted with the Canadian Opera Company and also sang at the San Francisco Opera, the Kostelnicka in Jenufa which she has sung in Vancouver, Toronto and for her debut in Prague, the Kabanicha in Katya Kabanova which entered her repertoire in Santa Fe and which she has also sung at the Metropolitan Opera and at La Scala.. Forst appeared as Countess Adelaide in Arabella in both San Francisco and at the Metropolitan Opera and sang her first Herodias in Salome in San Francisco, where she has recently returned for yet another new role, Augusta Tabor in Moore's The Ballad of Baby Doe. She made a sensationally received debut as Klytemnestra in Elektra at Santa Fe and was also highly praised for her Jocasta in Stravinsky's Oedipus Rex in Toronto. Forst has been heard in no less than three leading roles in Poulenc's Dialogues des Carmelites, Mere Marie and Mme Lidoine and in 2002 as Mme de Croissy.

Ms. Forst also keeps an active career on the concert and recital stage and has been heard with leading orchestras throughout North America. As one of Canada's most revered artists, Ms. Forst was the subject of a CBC Television Portrait in 1987. Judith Forst's most recent discography includes the live recorded opera album A Streetcar Named Desire with Andrłę Previn conducting and From the Diary of Anne Frank, an album of original pieces which two of them were expressly commissioned for Ms. Forst. Outstanding mention is the artist's solo Italian Aria album recorded with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Mario Bernardi released in 1988.

Chor Leoni Men's Choir

A rich full-bodied sound, innovative programming, technical precision, meticulous intonation, and versatility coupled with an ever-present musical curiosity and commitment to the creation of new Canadian choral works are qualities that have catapulted Chor Leoni to national and international fame since its founding by Diane Loomer C.M. in 1992. Whether it be a sombre moment of reflection during a Remembrance Day performance or a joyful turn of comedic phrasing at a Summer Solstice show, Chor Leoni is renowned for reaching across the footlights and transforming the performance from ĺ─˛concert' to 'conversation.' The lions live up to their name as they fearlessly move between musical genres, always aiming to communicate, engage, and entertain. Engendering tears of emotion, peals of laughter, and gasps of awe from their audiences, Chor Leoni prides itself on its ability to perform in many languages and styles, always sung with fresh energy and poise.

Building on a long history of success in the biennial CBC/Radio-Canada National Radio Competition for Amateur Choirs, Chor Leoni took first in their class of the 2006 competition. In 2002 Chor Leoni won the Male Voice and Contemporary Categories and received a special prize for the Best Performance of a Canadian Work, Chant to Bring Back the Light by R. Murray Schafer. They went on to represent Canada in the Let the Peoples Sing international choral contest. Here they competed against world-renowned choirs representing twenty-one countries. Despite being the only male choir and the only North American choir in the entire competition, Chor Leoni finished in the top four.

The choir is regarded as a leader in the Canadian male choir movement, acting as mentors and inspiration to choirs across the country. Chor Leoniĺ─˘s Remembrance Day and Summer Solstice concerts are recognized as popular fixtures on the Vancouver choral calendar.

The choir has performed regularly with Vancouver ensembles and orchestras, toured nationally, and recorded several national broadcasts. In addition to their main concert series, Chor Leoni performs frequently at community events throughout the Lower Mainland and is heard "live-to-air" on CBC Radio each December, as part of the CBC Food Bank Day and on Shelagh Rogers' Christmas Eve broadcast of Sounds Like Canada. In 2005 the choir launched PROMYS (PROgram for Mentoring Young Singers), inviting talented singers from surrounding high schools to join with Chor Leoni in rehearsals and performance.

Chor Leoni has performed for the Association of Canadian Choral Conductors' PODIUM 2000, the International Society of Music Educators' 2000 convention, and for the 2002 regional conference of the American Choral Directors Association in Tacoma, WA. They were the Canadian choral representative for the 2002 AmericaFest World Festival of Singing for Boys and Men at Collegeville, MN, and were enthusiastically received at the Sixth World Symposium on Choral Music, held in Minneapolis, MN in August 2002.

In 2006 the choir was asked to record a CD for use in the hospice and palliative care field. Undertaken as a specific non-profit recording project, Healing Voices is a collection of contemplative works that engenders compassion, understanding, and affirmation of life's purpose. It is marketed through the Vancouver-based Callanish Society. Also, Chor Leoni has produced eight CDs which are commercially available, two on Skylark Records (Songs of War and Peace and Magnificat), and six on their own Cypress Choral Recordings label (Canadian Safari, Canadian Safari 2, Goinĺ─˘ Home, Chor Leoni, Yuletide Fires and Circle of Compassion). Yuletide Fires was awarded the prestigious 2004 National Choral Award for Outstanding Choral Recording by the Association of Canadian Choral Conductors, and a 2004 Western Canadian Music Award in the category of Outstanding Classical Recording by the Western Canadian Music Alliance. Their latest recording, Circle of Compassion, features music the choir has performed in recent Remembrance Day concerts, much of it commissioned by or arranged for Chor Leoni.

Elektra Women's Choir

Elektra Womenĺ─˘s Choir, founded in 1987 by co-conductors Morna Edmundson and Diane Loomer, CM, is regarded as an international leader in the classical women's choir movement. Its mandate is to inspire and lead in the choral art form through excellence in performance and through the creation, exploration and celebration of women's repertoire. Elektra is known for adventurous programming, seeking out music written specifically for women and commissioning new works. Singers are selected by audition and share an enthusiasm for challenging repertoire.

In February 2003, Elektra appeared at the National Convention of the American Choral Directors Association in New York, performing at Carnegie Hall, Riverside Church and Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Centre. In July 2001, Elektra co-hosted AmericaFest 2001, a five-day festival which brought together hundreds of female singers from around the world to Seattle, Washington. In July 2000, the choir performed at both "Podium", the biennial convention of the Association of Canadian Choral Conductors and the ISME ĺ─ý International Society for Music Education's Edmonton conference. In August 1996, Elektra represented Canada at the Fourth World Symposium on Choral Music in Sydney, Australia.

Closer to home, Elektra has hosted two "Tapestry" weekends of women's choir music, welcoming local and guest choirs. In 2003, the choir welcomed its first guest conductor, Spanish composer and conductor, Javier Busto, whose direction of Elektra was an overwhelming success. In April 2004, Elektra captured first place in the Equal Voice Women's Category of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's (CBC) National Competition for Amateur Choirs, marking the fifth time this choir has taken first prize since 1988. In July 2007 the choir was a featured performer for Festival 500: Sharing the Voices in St Johns, NFLD.

Elektra collaborates with other local musical organizations such as CBC Radio, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, and Chor Leoni Men's Choir. Elektra's first CD, Elektra Women's Choir (1992), was nominated for a JUNO award. An all-Rheinberger recording was released on the Carus label in 1999 and an all-Canadian disc, Legacy, recorded for the Canadian Music Centre's Centrediscs label, was released in the year 2000. Discs distributed on Canada's Skylark Music label include Elektra Women's Choir, Classic Elektra (1994), From the Heart (1996), A Ceremony of Carols (1997), Child of Grace (2003), and their latest disc, Sacred Spaces (2006). Elektra is heard on national public radio across Canada and the United States.

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L'ESBCM dans un łęchange Qułębec - Saxe

Le gouvernement du Qułębec et celui de la Saxe choisissent
lĺ─˘łÔcole supłęrieure de ballet contemporain de Montrłęal et lĺ─˘łÔcole Palucca de Dresde pour un łęchange de rapprochement culturel.

Montrłęal, le 28 avril 2008 - Dans un contexte de croisements culturels et dĺ─˘łęlaboration de liens stratłęgiques entre diffłęrentes nations, lĺ─˘łÔcole supłęrieure de ballet contemporain de Montrłęal collabore actuellement avec la Palucca Schule, afin de rłęaliser un projet dĺ─˘łęchanges riche et stimulant qui unira le Qułębec et la Saxe łŢ lĺ─˘łętłę 2008.

Lĺ─˘idłęe dĺ─˘un tel projet a vu le jour en juillet 2006, lors dĺ─˘une mission officielle en Allemagne, alors que notre Premier ministre du Qułębec,
M. Jean Charest rencontre le ministre-prłęsident de la Saxe, M. Georg Milbradt. Ensemble, ils ont clairement exprimłę leur volontłę dĺ─˘intensifier et dĺ─˘łęlargir les relations entre le Qułębec et la Saxe, entre autres, par le biais dĺ─˘une de leurs forces communes : la danse.

Suite łŢ cette rencontre, le directeur de la prestigieuse łęcole de danse Palucca Schule, seule acadłęmie allemande entił«rement dłędiłęe łŢ la danse, a choisi dĺ─˘łęlaborer un projet avec la seule łęcole de niveau et de structure comparables au Qułębec. Č┤ Grłóce łŢ lĺ─˘intłęrłüt du Ministł«re du Qułębec et du Ministł«re de la Saxe de dłęvelopper un projet dĺ─˘łęchange artistique en danse, jĺ─˘ai souhaitłę contacter M. Didier Chirpaz, directeur de lĺ─˘łÔcole supłęrieure de ballet contemporain de Montrłęal, voyant en lui le partenaire idłęal pour ce projet. En effet, nos łęcoles ont une approche similaire dans leur enseignement artistique (danse classique et danse contemporaine). De plus, elles sĺ─˘inscrivent toutes deux dans une ouverture dĺ─˘esprit et dĺ─˘łęnergie en lien avec le monde professionnel dĺ─˘aujourdĺ─˘hui. Ȭ
Jason Beechey, rector Palucca Schule Dresden ĺ─ý Hochschule fł║r Tanz.

Le premier łęchange - dates des reprłęsentations
Le premier łęchange culturel et artistique entre les deux łęcoles consiste en la rłęalisation dĺ─˘une chorłęgraphie commune qui sera interprłętłęe par des łęlł«ves du dernier niveau dĺ─˘łętudes et qui sera prłęsentłęe dans deux villes allemandes, Dresden et Fł║rth, les 8 et 15 juin respectivement, ainsi quĺ─˘łŢ Montrłęal, au Thłęłótre de Verdure au Parc Lafontaine, les 23 et 24 juillet 2008 dans le cadre du spectacle du Jeune Ballet du Qułębec.

La rłęalisation de cette collaboration Qułębec-Saxe a łętłę possible grłóce łŢ lĺ─˘appui de nombreux partenaires dont Secrłętariat łŢ la Jeunesse, le Ministł«re de la Culture, des Communications et de la Condition fłęminine et le Ministł«re des Relations internationales :

Č┤ Propre łŢ faire rayonner lĺ─˘expertise et la culture qułębłęcoise sur la scł«ne internationale et łŢ enrichir la coopłęration Qułębec-Saxe, ce projet sĺ─˘inscrit dans les initiatives que le gouvernement du Qułębec compte appuyer dans le cadre de sa politique internationale. Sa rłęalisation constitue aussi un bel exemple du souhait exprimłę par le premier ministre du Qułębec, M. Jean Charest, et le ministre prłęsident de la Saxe, M. Georg Milbradt, de voir sĺ─˘łęlargir la coopłęration Qułębec-Saxe au secteur culturel. Ȭ
Monique Gagnon-Tremblay, ministre des Relations internationales et ministre responsable de la Francophonie

Positionnement de L'łÔcole supłęrieure de ballet contemporain de Montrłęal
Ce projet, prometteur dĺ─˘expłęriences uniques pour les łęlł«ves de lĺ─˘ESBCM, dłęmontre le rłąle stratłęgique de lĺ─˘łÔcole supłęrieure en ce qui a trait łŢ la formation professionnelle en danse. Lĺ─˘ESBCM a vu ses łęlł«ves łütre engagłęs tantłąt par les Grands Ballets canadiens de Montrłęal (Isabelle Paquette, Marie-łÓve Lapointe, Marisa Pauloni, Alisia Pobega, Jean-Słębastien Couture, Guillaume Pruneau, Martine Lusignan et Sarah Gibson), tantłąt par les Ballets de Monte-Carlo (Raphał┤l Bouchard, Maude Sabourin), le Ballet British Colombia (Delphine Leroux), les bjm_danse (Sophie-Estel Fernandez, Sara Harton), le Nederlands Dans Theater II (Kristen Cere), Cas Public (Roxane Duchesne-Roy, Sarah Desrosier) et la Compagnie Marie Chouinard (Kimberley de Jong). *

Pour Didier Chirpaz, directeur artistique qui repositionne lĺ─˘ESBCM depuis les dix dernił«res annłęes en vue de satisfaire les plus hautes exigences des compagnies professionnelles actuelles, cet łęchange confirme la reconnaissance internationale dont błęnłęficie lĺ─˘łÔcole supłęrieure de ballet contemporain. Cette notoriłętłę contribue łŢ favoriser lĺ─˘łępanouissement des futures głęnłęrations de danseurs et danseuses qułębłęcois.

Lĺ─˘łÔcole supłęrieure de ballet contemporain de Montrłęal remercie le Ministł«re de la Culture et des Communications, Patrimoine Canada pour leur soutien financier. Elle remercie łęgalement lĺ─˘łÔcole Saint-Joseph, le Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-Marie et le Cłęgep du Vieux, qui sont ses partenaires acadłęmiques. Lĺ─˘ESBCM est membre de lĺ─˘ADłÔSAM (lĺ─˘Association des łÔcoles Supłęrieures dĺ─˘Art de Montrłęal).

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Opera News from Ireland - Wexford Festival Opera appoints Chief Executive

David McLoughlin appointed CEO of Wexford Festival Opera

The board of Wexford Festival Opera has appointed David McLoughlin as the full-time Chief Executive of both the Festival and the new Wexford Opera House ĺ─ý Irelandĺ─˘s first purpose-built Opera House (due to open in September 2008).

Mr. McLoughlin has been working as the Interim CEO of Wexford Festival since September 2007. He is the former CEO of Screen Producers Ireland, Film Producer, and Chair of Dublin International Film Festival.

As Chief Executive of Wexford Festival Opera, David will be primarily responsible for preparing the organisation to move to the new Wexford Opera House where it will commence operations with the opening of the Festival in Autumn 2008.

A new Box Office Manager and a new Business Development Manager have also been appointed. Recruitment of a Programme Manager for the Opera House will begin shortly.

Wexford Festival Opera 2008 will run from October 16 ĺ─ý November 2

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Les Violons du Roy accueillent le violoncelliste britannique Steven Isserlis, mercredi 14 mai au Palais Montcalm

Steven Isserlis et Haydn

Bernard Labadie, chef dĺ─˘orchestre
Steven Isserlis, violoncelliste

Mercredi 14 mai, 20 h
Salle Raoul-Jobin, Palais Montcalm (Qułębec)

Jeudi 15 mai, 20 h
Salle Pollack, Universitłę McGill (Montrłęal)

Symphonie no 44 en mi mineur Č┤ Funł«breȬ, Hob. I : 44
Haydn Concerto pour violoncelle no 1 en do majeur, Hob. VIIB : 1
Haydn Concerto pour violoncelle no 2 en rłę majeur, Hob. VIIB : 2

Qułębec, le 28 avril 2008 ĺ─ý
Lors du dernier Grands Rendez-vous de la saison, Les Violons du Roy accueillent, pour la premił«re fois, le violoncelliste britannique Steven Isserlis, qui livrera une vision trł«s personnelle des deux magnifiques concertos pour violoncelle de Haydn. Bernard Labadie dirigera łęgalement lĺ─˘une des plus dramatiques symphonies du compositeur, la Symphonie no 44 Č┤ Funł«bre Ȭ.

Č┤ Par la seule prłęsence de Steven Isserlis, le monde de la musique ĺ─ý et la musique elle-młüme ĺ─ý est infiniment plus riche. Ȭ (Gramophone Magazine, Aoł¬t 2006)

Homme enthousiaste sĺ─˘il en est un, Steven Isserlis se dłęfinit łŢ la fois comme violoncelliste, auteur et explorateur musical ! En plus de donner des rłęcitals, des concerts de musique de chambre ou dĺ─˘łütre soliste avec les ensembles les plus rłęputłęs sous la direction dĺ─˘łęminents chefs dĺ─˘orchestre, il aime fouiller les archives łŢ la recherche de chefs-dĺ─˘ëýuvre cachłęs afin de les faire dłęcouvrir au public. łÔcrivain łŢ ses heures, il a łęgalement publiłę plusieurs livres pour jeune public sur les grands compositeurs.

Acclamłę dans le monde entier pour sa musicalitłę et sa prodigieuse technique, Isserlis est manifestement animłę dĺ─˘une passion infinie pour la musique. Parions quĺ─˘il prendra un immense plaisir łŢ partager la scł«ne avec Les Violons du Roy pour offrir deux des plus belles ëýuvres concertantes pour le violoncelle, les deux concertos de Haydn.

Des chefs-dĺ─˘ëýuvre longtemps młęconnus de Joseph Haydn
Les deux concertos pour violoncelle sont des ëýuvres dĺ─˘une grande beautłę quĺ─˘Haydn a łęcrit łŢ lĺ─˘intention de deux violoncellistes virtuoses, successivement membres de lĺ─˘orchestre mis łŢ sa disposition par son employeur, le Prince Esterhł░zy. Pendant de nombreuses annłęes pourtant, lĺ─˘existence du premier, le Concerto en do majeur, a łętłę oubliłęe jusquĺ─˘łŢ ce que le manuscrit soit retrouvłę en 1961. Quant au second, il fut, łŢ tort, attribułę jusquĺ─˘en 1951 łŢ son destinataire, le violoncelliste Anton Kraft. łÔlłęgance, lyrisme, raffinement, sensibilitłę et exubłęrance sont tour łŢ tour rłęunis dans ces deux ëýuvres qui rłęservent au soliste de nombreux dialogues avec lĺ─˘orchestre et plusieurs pages de bravoure et de haute voltige.

Symphonie nČâ 44 en mi mineur Č┤ Funł«bre Ȭ
La musique de la Symphonie no 44, tout comme plusieurs ëýuvres łęcrites au cours des annłęes 1770, vibre sur une corde plus passionnłęe et dramatique. Lĺ─˘łętiquette de Č┤ funł«bre Ȭ a łętłę attribułę łŢ la Symphonie no 44 parce quĺ─˘un jour, Haydn a exprimłę le souhait que son mouvement lent, le troisił«me de quatre mouvements, soit joułę lors de ses funłęrailles. Chacun des mouvements renferme des młęlodies contrastantes, et le dernier consiste en un mouvement perpłętuel des plus animłęs mettant łŢ profit tous les instruments de lĺ─˘orchestre.

La saison 2007-2008 łŢ Qułębec est prłęsentłęe par Hydro-Qułębec, partenaire de saison łŢ Qułębec. La Słęrie Młętropole est prłęsentłęe par SSQ, Groupe financier, partenaire de saison łŢ Montrłęal.

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[Toronto] Sanctuary Song

Tapestry and Theatre Direct present, in partnership with Luminato, the world premiere of

Sanctuary Song

A new opera/theatre production for all ages

Composed by Abigail Richardson

Written by Marjorie Chan

Music Director: Wayne Strongman

Director: Lynda Hill

Cast: Xin Wang (soprano), Alvin Crawford (bass) with Sharmila Dey & Frank Cox Oĺ─˘Connell

Orchestra: Michael Schulte (violin), Lizzie Lavado (piano), Ryan Scott (percussion)

Original Set & Costume Design by Kelly Wolf

Original Lighting Design by Andrea Lundy

Original Video Design by Luisa Quintavalle

Choreography by Viv Moore

Stage Manager: Kathryn Westoll

TORONTO, ONĺ─ÂTapestry and Theatre Direct present the world premiere of Sanctuary Song in partnership with Luminato, Torontoĺ─˘s Festival of Arts & Creativity. Sanctuary Song will have its world premiere June 7, 2008 at 1 p.m. at The Berkeley Street Theatre Downstairs, running until June 14th.

Sometimes the most beautiful friendships come in unusual sizesĺ─Â

A remarkable 22-year friendship between man and creature culminates in a promise of freedom fulfilled and a joyful reunion when,
after decades in captivity; an Asian elephant is brought to sanctuary.

Along the journey, her memories of childhood in the jungle, circus life and her solitary days in the zoo come to alive through the emotional power of opera, evocative dance and stunning design.

ĺ─˙No more circuses. No more zoos.... You will be free!ĺ─¨

Playwright Marjorie Chan (China Doll, A Nanking Winter) and composer Abigail Richardson (affiliate composer TSO, International Rostrum Prize, France), come together to tell a story from the point of view of a most unusual protagonist in what promises to be an unforgettable opera for all ages.

Under Tapestry and Theatre Directĺ─˘s artistic leaders Wayne Strongman (music director) and Lynda Hill (director), a stellar cast and multiple Dora award-winning creative team has been assembled to realize Sanctuary Song. Set & Costume Designer Kelly Wolf (The Wars, The Last Five Years) choreographer Viv Moore (Body Geometry), New York based video artist Luisa Quintavalle and acclaimed lighting designer Andrea Lundy (insomnia, Possible Worlds).

Bringing the moving friendship between an Asian elephant and her African American keeper to life are singers Xin Wang (soprano) and Alvin Crawford (bass) whose work has been seen on the international opera and Broadway stages. Filling out the cast in multiple roles that blend dance and drama are Toronto based theatre artists Sharmilla Dey and Frank Cox-Oĺ─˘Connell.

Commissioned by Theatre Direct while Chan was Playwright in Residence in 2004, Sanctuary Song had its genesis in a partnership between the writing team sparked in Tapestryĺ─˘s Composer-Librettist Laboratory in 2003. This world premiere marks the second operatic project together since Mother Everest in 2004.

Sanctuary Song is the result of a dynamic collaboration between two award-winning Toronto companies committed to experimentation and risk-taking in their respective art forms, this new opera is an exciting intersection of the companiesĺ─˘ mandates, which focus on the development of new work.

This will be the first time that Tapestry, Theatre Direct and Luminato have collaborated on a project and as Tapestry Managing Artistic Director Wayne Strongman explains, ĺ─˙We are thrilled to partner with Theatre Direct and Luminato for the world premiere of Sanctuary Song. Marjorie Chan and Abigail Richardson have woven a magical story with exquisite music that will sing and dance into your heart. Our stellar international cast and design team will take you on a journey of a lifetime and open up new vistas on the meaning of friendship in our time.ĺ─¨

Artistic Director Lynda Hill goes on to explain, ĺ─˙At Theatre Direct our work is motivated and inspired by young people. Sanctuary Song is testament to what is possible when we reach across the boundaries of our disciplines to honour the immensity of young peopleĺ─˘s imaginations and their capacity to embrace sophisticated performance. This beautiful story is a gift to young people as well and those who remember being so! ĺ─˙

A unique website created especially for the project is available for everyone, with resources for students and educators.


Framed by the reluctant goodbye between Sydney and James, her African American keeper of 22 years, Sydney recounts in a scene that moves from song to a luscious dance section the destruction of her idyllic life in the jungles of Indonesia. When poachers abduct her she is wrenched from her dearest friend, Penny, who for Sydney is ĺ─˙like a baby sisterĺ─¨.

Her years performing in a circus come to a dramatic end when Sydney is injured in a fire on a boat off Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. After being sold to the Louisiana Purchase Zoo, Sydney resigns herself to solitary life until she meets James, with whom she develops a wonderful trust and communication that lasts for decades.

In a deeply moving final scene, Sydney is released into sanctuary and soon encounters another elephant. Tension and fear among the human witnesses is replaced by astonishment and joy when the two elephants embrace and Sydney is reunited with her childhood friend, Penny. As they wander off together into the ĺ─˙hills of grassĺ─¨ she had dreamt of for so long, James looks on and ahead vowing to remember his many years of friendship with Sydney.



PREVIEW: June 6 at 7 p.m. (Public Preview)


Public Performances:

June 7 at 1 p.m. (World Premiere with Post-Show Reception)

June 8 at 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

June 11, 12 and 13 at 7 p.m.

June 14 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

School Performances:

June 10, 11 and 12 at 12:30 p.m.


Public Performances: $25 adults; $15 children & students; $15 arts & cultural workers; $70 family pack (4 people/must include one young person under the age of 14)

School Performances: $12 for all tickets

*Gala (June 7 at 1 p.m. w/ post-show reception): $150 Gala family pack (4 people/must include one young person under the age of 14) * performance-only tickets also available for June 7 premiere

VENUE: The Berkeley Street Theatre, Downstairs. 26 Berkeley St., Toronto, ON.

BOX OFFICE: 416-368-3110 / or in person at The Berkeley Street Theatre, 26 Berkeley Street. Also available through Ticketmaster at / 416-872-1111.


Sanctuary Song was commissioned by Theatre Direct, with support from the Laidlaw Foundation and developed in partnership with Tapestry new opera works with support from the Canadian Opera Creation Program at

About The Companies


Tapestry is dedicated to the creation, development and performance of new opera works through its unique and highly collaborative work process. Under the leadership of Managing Artistic Director Wayne Strongman, Tapestry engages the hearts and minds of artists and audiences on subjects relevant to contemporary society. The Tapestry process begins at the annual Composer-Librettist Laboratory where writers and composers are introduced to collaborative creation. Successful partnerships move on to create 15-minute operas for our biennial Opera to Go production and many to create full-length works. Our INside Opera Education Programme gives students the chance to discover their own stories and engage in the creation of new opera. Our new childrenĺ─˘s opera, Elijahĺ─˘s Kite by Camyar Chai & James Rolfe has already toured to over 10,000 students across Ontario. Tapestry productions which have premiered to critical and popular acclaim include Nigredo Hotel by Ann-Marie MacDonald & Nic Gotham, Elsewhereless by Atom Egoyan & Rodney Sharman, Still the Night by Theresa Tova, Facing South by Don Hannah & Linda C. Smith and the Dora Award-winning Iron Road by composer Chan Ka Nin & librettist Mark Brownell.

Theatre Direct

For over 30 years, Theatre Direct has engaged young people through compelling, inventive and uncompromising professional theatre for young audiences. The company has produced and toured over 85 productions reaching more than two million young people across the country. In recognition of its outstanding work, Theatre Direct Canada has been the recipient of 22 Dora Mavor Moore Award nominations, five Dora Awards, 10 Chalmers Canadian Play Awards and the Canada Council Theatre for Young Audiences Prize. Their focus on the balance of artistic and education excellence has made them recognized leaders in the field of theatre for young people. In the Fall of 2008, the company will launch community and education programming in its new studio theatre space at the Green Arts Barns at St. Clair and Christie in the heart of the St. Clair West Village.

Luminato ĺ─ý learn more about Luminato at


Xin Wang (soprano) - Sydney ĺ─ý A native of Mainland China, Canadian Soprano Xin Wang is an active performer of contemporary music. She has participated in workshops and performed lead roles in Canadian contemporary operas and chamber pieces produced by such companies as Tapestry, Soundstreams Canada, Queen Of Puddings Music Theatre and Continuum.

Xin has had the privilege of working with Canadian and International Composers including Melissa Hui, Christopher Butterfield, Jacques Bank, Karin Rehnqvist, Chan Ka Nin, James Rolfe, Ana Sokolovic and Steve Reich, among others.

Ms Wangĺ─˘s 2007-2008 highlights include the performance of Puksanger by Karin Rehnqvist, Daniel Variation by Steve Reich, John Clareĺ─˘s Invitation to Eternity set by Jacques Bank, Jacques Prevertĺ─˘s Contes pour enfants pas sages set by Christopher Butterfield and the first Cree opera The Journey by Melissa Hui. She is thrilled to be part of the world premiere of Sanctuary Song.

Alvin Crawford (bass) ĺ─ý James ĺ─ý Alvin Crawford hails from Toronto, Canada and is thrilled to be performing at home!

Operatic roles include Sarastro in Die ZauberflłĆte (Vienna Volksoper), Der Lauschprecher in Der Kaiser von Atlantis, James Conlon conductor (New World Symphony, Los Angeles Symphony, Spoleto Music Festival, Italy), Alvise in La Gioconda, Il Grande Inquisitor in Don Carlos (Staatstheater Kassel), Pistola in Fastaff, Sourin in Pique Dame (Canadian Opera Company), The Ghost in Hamlet (Opera Theatre of St. Louis).

On Broadway, he has performed as Sam Cooke in the Buddy Holly Story, John in Miss Saigon, The Lion in Candide and Mufasa in The Lion King. Mr. Crawford has been seen on Canadian and American television and was in MGM feature film It Runs in the Family starring Michael and Kirk Douglas. Alvin Crawford is a graduate of the Juilliard Opera Center.

Sharmila Dey (actor) ĺ─ý Penny / Girl - Sharmila is extremely happy to be a part of Sanctuary Song. Most recently she toured a production of Wrecked with Roseneath Theatre through the U.S. and across Ontario. Other theatre credits include Danny King of the Basement (Roseneath Theatre), Beneath The Banyan Tree (Sampradaya Dance Creations/Theatre Direct), Beggar Boy (Montreal Youtheatre), Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare in the Rough) and The Tempest (Resurgence Theatre). She also appears in film and television. Sharmila is a graduate of the George Brown Theatre Program and was born, raised and resides in Toronto.

Frank Cox-Oĺ─˘Connell (actor) ĺ─ý Hunter, Ringmaster, Worker ĺ─ý Frank Cox-Oĺ─˘Connell is an actor, musician and theatre maker living in Toronto. As a founding member of One Reed Theatre he created and performed Nor The Cavaliers Who Come With Us (Spotlight Award for performance, SummerWorks 2006) and is creating (Never Underestimate) The Power with director Paul Thompson for SummerWorks 2008. He has performed regularly with Small Wooden Shoe with whom he is developing Dedicated To The Revolution for Buddies in Bad Timesĺ─˘ 08/09 season. Other acting credits include The Drawer Boy (Theatre Passe Muraille), Bach at Liepzig (Theatre Athena) and The Demonstartion (Theatre Direct). Frank is a graduate of The National Theatre School of Canada.

The Creative Team

Abigail Richardson (Composer) ĺ─ý Abigail Richardson was born in Oxford, England and moved to Canada as a child. Ironically, she was diagnosed completely and incurably deaf at the age of five. Upon moving to Canada, her hearing was fully intact within months. She received her Bachelor of Music from the University of Calgary and her Masters and Doctorate degrees from the University of Toronto. Her music has been played at the Festival Prłęsences of Paris, Winnipeg New Music Festival, Newfoundland Sound Symposium, Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, Festival of the Sound, among others. Abigail won the first Karen Kieser Prize for Canadian music and the Canadian Music Centre Prairie Region Award. Most significantly, she was awarded the top prize for composers under 30 at the prestigious International Rostrum of Composers in Paris. Her music has been broadcast in 35 countries. She has been commissioned by such groups as the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Victoria Symphony, Radio France, Tapestry, New Music Concerts (for her husband, violinist Michael Schulte), Theatre Direct, Southern Ontario Chamber Music Institute, Talisker Players, Festival Winds, among others. Abigail is the affiliate composer with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

Marjorie Chan (Librettist) ĺ─ý Marjorieĺ─˘s debut as a playwright was the acclaimed drama China Doll (Nightwood Theatre) which was nominated for several Dora Mavor Moore Awards, including Outstanding New Play and Outstanding Production and was also nominated for a Governor Generalĺ─˘s Literary Award. It was also performed in Hong Kong as a part of Festival Canada Hong Kong. Marjorie wrote the libretto for the short opera Mother Everest for Opera To Go (Tapestry New Opera Works) which was recorded and aired on CBC Radio. For the 60th anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Marjorie, along with award-winning playwright Damien Atkins, adapted Hisashi Inoueĺ─˘s celebrated play In the garden, two suns from Roger Pulversĺ─˘ translation. It was performed at the Japan Foundation, York University, and the University of Toronto as well as at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa.

Wayne Strongman (Music Director) ĺ─ý One of Canadaĺ─˘s most distinguished music directors, Wayne Strongman is a champion of Canadian writers and composers. As Managing Artistic Director of Tapestry new opera works, he has commissioned and premiered over 30 new Canadian operas including the Cantonese-English Iron Road in 2001 (Brownell/Chan), Facing South (Hannah/Smith), The Shadow (Poch-Goldin/Daniel) and Nigredo Hotel (MacDonald/Gotham) which is the most frequently produced opera in Canadian history. In 2006 he premiered Elijahĺ─˘s Kite (Chai/Rolfe) in New York City in collaboration with the Manhattan School of Music. Music Director/Dramaturge of Tapestryĺ─˘s Composer-Librettist Laboratory, Mr. Strongman has created a truly collaborative environment for an international roster of composers and writers. His commitment to a contemporary practice within the operatic art form has made Strongman a mentor to many Canadian singers. In 2007 he established the Tapestry New Work Studio Company as a performing resource for the new work creation process which has become Tapestryĺ─˘s unique calling. In 2008, in addition to the seven new short operas for Opera to Go which is part of Harbourfront Centreĺ─˘s World Stage he will premiere Sanctuary Song (Chan/Richardson) for Torontoĺ─˘s Luminato Festival. Mr. Strongman sits on the Ontario Region and National Council of the Canadian Music Centre and also volunteers as choral conductor for the Regent Park School of Music.

Lynda Hill (Director) ĺ─ý Lynda is in her seventh season as the Artistic Director of Theatre Direct. Over her time at the company she has directed Beneath the Banyan Tree by Emil Sher, Alphonse by Wajdi Mouawad, The Phoenix Rides a Skateboard by Kate Rigg, Andrewĺ─˘s Tree by Martha Brooks, and I Met a Bully on the Hill by Martha Brooks and Maureen Hunter. She has guided the commissioning and development of all new work at Theatre Direct since 2002 including the Dora Award-winning inter-disciplinary work And, By The Way Missĺ─Â. created by the Urge Collective, The Demonstration (The Democracy Project), and The Babysitter by Eric Woolfe. As an arts educator, Lynda has taught young people and youth for over 15 years and has led the summer opera program for children at the Canadian Opera Company for the past six years. Before her appointment to Theatre Direct, Lynda worked extensively as a director and dramaturge and conceived and led new approaches to new play development at Cahoots Theatre Projects and Nightwood Theatre where she was the co-Artistic Director and Associate Artistic Director, respectively. In 1995, Lynda was awarded a fellowship at the respected Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart where she created a number of inter-disciplinary works including, NO Place Like Home with Cary Gayler, which traveled to Podewil in Berlin; and Dark Forest presented at the Music Gallery, Toronto.

Viv Moore (Choreographer) ĺ─ý Viv Moore has been choreographing and performing (dancing and acting) both collaboratively and as a solo artist, in dance, theatre, film and video in England, Sweden, Australia and Canada since 1979. Viv has also choreographed musicals and films and has taught movement for many years. Currently she teaches dance and movement at Humber College (Film & TV Programme). Viv co-founded Remote Control with Dave Wilson in 1979 and The Illuminations with Wilson and Pam Johnson in 1990 (Toronto). Viv has danced in works by Dave Wilson, Pam Johnson, Allen Kaeja, Holly Small, Darcey Callison and Denise Fujiwara. Her solo work is an eclectic mix of influences of theatre, dance, English Music Hall and Butoh. She received a Harold (1998-99) and the Paula Citron fFIDA Award (1999) for choreography and performance of Bogie Woman, and was nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore Award for Body Geometry, the 7th Angel (2002).

Kelly Wolf (Original Set & Costume Designer) ĺ─ý Kelly has designed sets and costumes for many Canadian theatre companies and her work spans a variety of styles and periods. For Theatre Direct Canada, Kelly has designed I Met a Bully on the Hill (2003) and Andrewĺ─˘s Tree (2002), both of which were nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Production in the Theatre for Young Audiences category. Notable productions include The Last Five Years (CanStage), The Scarlet Pimpernel, The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Stratford Festival), Edwin Drood, John Bullĺ─˘s Other Island, The Apple Cart, S.S. Tenacity (Shaw Festival), Tons of Money, Fiddler on the Roof (Drayton Entertainment) Blithe Spirit (Theatre Aquarius), and The Domino Heart (Tarragon Theatre). She has also designed and taught at several theatre schools - Ryerson, Humber and Brock as well as for the Mountview Theatre School in London, England. Kelly is a graduate of York University, Toronto and Central Saint Martinĺ─˘s College in England.

Andrea Lundy (Original Lighting Designer) ĺ─ý Andrea is a Toronto-based award-winning lighting designer. She has been nominated for 17 Dora Mavor Moore Awards, winning six times for Stories from the Rains of Love and Death, Russell Hill, The Attic, The Pearls and Three Fine Girls, Possible Worlds, insomnia, and Oedipus. She has spent four seasons at the Shaw Festival and has worked extensively with Tarragon Theatre, LKTYP, Soulpepper Theatre, CanStage Necessary Angel Theatre Company, Factory Theatre, Theatre Passe Muraille, Neptune Theatre and many other Canadian companies. She is the Production Designer and Production Manager for the Dora Awards as well as the Tour and Production Manager for the Necessary Angel Theatre Company.

Luisa Quintavalle (Original Video Design) ĺ─ý Luisa is a former fellow of the respected Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart, Germany and is now based in New York. This current collaboration emerged from Theatre Directĺ─˘s recent project with Solitude entitled The Carpet. Her award-winning video and film installations have brought her international recognition.

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Le samedi 10 mai, 2008, Salle Claude-Champagne de la facultłę de musique de l'Universitłę de Montrłęal
(220, avenue Vincent d'Indy, młętro łÔdouard-Montpetit)

Montrłęal, le 28 avril 2008 Č˝ Les meilleurs musiciens de l'Orchestre symphonique des jeunes de Montrłęal seront mis en vedette le samedi 10 avril łŢ l'occasion du Concert des solistes, sous la baguette du chef Louis Lavigueur. Une excellente occasion de dłęcouvrir la relł«ve de nos orchestres symphoniques.

Błęatrice Laplante, cor anglais, et le corniste Yannick Gagnłę ont łętłę choisis łŢ la suite d'auditions en fłęvrier dernier parmi les musiciens de l'Orchestre.

Au programme du concert : Les Hłębrides, Ouverture en si mineur opus 26 de Fłęlix Mendelssohn, le Concertino en sol majeur pour cor anglais et orchestre de Gaetano Donizetti, le Concerto pour cor de Reinhold Glił«re ainsi que la Symphonie en rłę mineur de Cłęsar Franck.

Błęatrice Laplante Č˝ Błęatrice Laplante a commencłę ses łętudes en hautbois en 2001 au Conservatoire de Qułębec avec Philippe Magnan. Elle termine actuellement son baccalaurłęat au Conservatoire de Montrłęal dans la classe de Lise Beauchamp. En 2005 et 2007, elle a remportłę un premier prix au Concours de musique du Canada et participłę, pendant l'łętłę 2006, łŢ une tournłęe en Europe et en Amłęrique du Sud avec l'Orchestre des jeunes des Amłęriques, notamment sous la direction de Kent Nagano. En 2007, membre de l'Orchestre national des jeunes du Canada, elle se produit comme soliste avec l'Orchestre symphonique de Lłęvis. Błęatrice Laplante est łęgalement professeur de hautbois au Collł«ge Notre-Dame de Montrłęal. ł─ l'automne 2008, elle se perfectionnera auprł«s d'łÔric Speller, łŢ Namur, en Belgique.

Yannick Gagnłę - Yannick Gagnłę a entamłę ses łętudes musicales en 2003 avec Marjolaine Goulet. En 2005, il entrait au Conservatoire de Montrłęal oł╝ il łętudie encore dans la classe de John Milner. Parmi ses expłęriences, on compte ses participations aux Matinłęes Jeunesse de l'Orchestre symphonique de Montrłęal de 2004 et 2005, et sa participation łŢ l'łędition 2007 de l'Orchestre de la francophonie canadienne. Cet łętłę, Yannick Gagnłę participera au Programme des jeunes artistes du Centre national des Arts, łŢ Ottawa, avec Lawrence Vine. En 2009, il se joindra łŢ l'Orchestre de la francophonie canadienne dans le cadre d'une tournłęe en Allemagne et en Autriche et participera łŢ l'łędition 2008-2009 de l'Orchestre mondial des Jeunesses Musicales.

L'OSJM Č˝ L'Orchestre symphonique des jeunes de Montrłęal (OSJM) rłęunit une soixantaine d'instrumentistes łógłęs de moins de 25 ans, admis aprł«s audition. Il donne łŢ la relł«ve de la musique classique l'occasion de se produire dans un orchestre symphonique et propose des concerts accessibles łŢ toutes les bourses. L'OSJM a effectułę plusieurs tournłęes au Qułębec, en Ontario, en Alberta, en łÔcosse, en Grł«ce et en France. Il compte łŢ son actif plusieurs disques, dont la Symphonie no 3 avec orgue de Camille Saint-Sał┤ns, Le lac des cygnes et Casse-noisettes de Tchałěkovski et la Symphonie no 5 de Gustav Mahler.

Louis Lavigueur - Au pupitre de l'Orchestre symphonique des jeunes de Montrłęal depuis plus de vingt ans, le chef d'orchestre Louis Lavigueur est łęgalement chef-adjoint et coordonnateur de l'Orchestre du Conservatoire de musique de Montrłęal depuis 1980, chef de l'Orchestre de Pierre-Laporte depuis 1985 et de l'Ensemble Sinfonia de Montrłęal depuis 2001. Płędagogue recherchłę, Louis Lavigueur a enseignłę aux universitłęs de Montrłęal, Laval et McGill, ainsi qu'au Conservatoire de musique de Montrłęal oł╝ il est toujours actif. Il a signłę plusieurs disques de compositeurs qułębłęcois avec l'Orchestre Młętropolitain, ainsi que des Č˙uvres de Saint-Sał┤ns et Tchałěkovski avec l'OSJM, qu'il a menłę en tournłęe en Grł«ce et en France.

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La soprano Karine Michon, soliste-invitłęe du Chëýur de la montagne

Beloeil, 28 avril 2008 - La soprano Karine Michon, native de Saint-Hyacinthe, accompagnera le Choeur de la montagne lors du concert MOMENTS SACRłÔS les 24 et 25 mai łŢ Beloeil.

Karine dłęcouvre tłąt sa passion pour la musique. Aprł«s s'y łütre initiłęe par la flł¬te łŢ bec et le piano, elle entreprend ses łętudes łŢ la Concentration musique de la Polyvalente Ozias-Leduc de Mont-Saint-Hilaire. Dłętentrice d'un Baccalaurłęat en chant de l'Universitłę McGill et d'une MałĂtrise en interprłętation de l'Universitłę de Montrłęal, Karine Michon se perfectionne auprł«s de Mme Lyne Fortin. Karine se produit sur les ondes de Radio-Canada et est boursił«re du concours Les Journłęes de la Musique Franł▀aise. Parmi ses rłąles łŢ l'opłęra, on compte Nadia, le rłąle-titre de La Veuve Joyeuse, Belinda dans Didon et łÔnłęe, Fiorella dans Les Brigands, Gabrielle dans La Vie Parisienne, les rłąles principaux dans Chanson Gitane et La Fille du Tambour-Major en plus d'łütre l'hłęrołěne de Romłęo et Juliette de Gounod.

En 2004 et 2006, Karine fut słęlectionnłęe parmi plus de 100 concurrents au Concours Jeune Ambassadeur Lyrique. En 2005, elle prend part łŢ des stages łŢ l'Acadłęmie Internationale de la Roche d'Hys en France et aux trente-huitił«me Master classes musicaux internationaux łŢ Brno en Rłępublique Tchł«que et est finaliste au Concours International de musique tchł«que et slovaque de Montrłęal en 2005.

Elle effectue en 2006 en France une tournłęe d'auditions professionnelles et interprł«te la Comtesse Almaviva (Nozze di Figaro) łŢ Urbania en Italie, Micaela (Carmen) łŢ l'Opłęra de Brasov, Roumanie, et Rosalinde dans la Chauve-Souris avec l'Opłęra Bouffe du Qułębec. En 2007, elle reprend le rłąle de Marie des Mousquetaires au Couvent avec l'Opłęra Bouffe du Qułębec aprł«s avoir interprłętłę les rłąles de Lysandre et de Germaine dans la version concert du Młędaillon de Michel Massłę. Elle sera Saffi dans Le Baron Tzigane de Strauss dans la production du Thłęłótre Lyrique de la Montłęrłęgie en mai 2008.

Le concert MOMENTS SACRłÔS regroupera Regina coeli, KV 127 de Mozart, Wer nur den lieben Gott lłžĹżt walten de Mendelssohn et Laudate pueri (psaume 112) de Handel sera prłęsentłę le 24 mai łŢ 20 heures et le 25 mai łŢ 14h30 łŢ l'łÔglise Saint-Matthieu, 1014, rue Richelieu łŢ Beloeil. Les laurłęats du Concours de musique assureront la premił«re partie : le 24 mai, les pianistes Lysandre Młęnard (14 ans, 1er prix catłęgorie 7 łŢ 14 ans et Aude St-Pierre (19 ans, 1er prix catłęgorie 15 łŢ 21 ans) joueront le 24 mai tandis que le Trio Ouater (violon, violoncelle et piano) et le grand laurłęat Thierry Błęgin-Lamontagne, guitariste de 21 ans, joueront le 25 mai. Pour renseignements ou 514.816.6577.

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Friday, April 25, 2008

Ondine and Curtis Institute of Music to record world premiere recording of Hindemith left-hand piano work

Featuring pianist Leon Fleisher and Christoph Eschenbach conducting the Curtis Symphony Orchestra; to be released in spring 2009

(Helsinki, Finland, & New York, NY)
Č˝ Ondine proudly announces the world premił«re recording of a work by Paul Hindemith, scheduled for release in spring 2009. The Klaviermusik mit Orchester op. 29 for piano left hand and orchestra, which Hindemith wrote in 1923 for Paul Wittgenstein, was only discovered in 2002 and had an acclaimed 2004 world premił«re in Berlin with Leon Fleisher as soloist. Fleisher will also perform on April 27th during a concert by the Curtis Symphony Orchestra and Christoph Eschenbach at Philadelphia's Verizon Hall, where the piece will be recorded together with Dvorł░k's Symphony No. 9 ("From the New World").

The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and Ondine will collaborate in the production and distribution of the recording: Curtis will record, edit, and produce, while Ondine will manufacture and distribute the final product to an international market. Executive producer of the recording will be Kevin Kleinmann, formerly vice president of PolyGram/Universal Classics.

Reijo Kiilunen, founder and managing director of Ondine, said, "We're happy that our fruitful relationship with Christoph Eschenbach is expanding to include his work with Curtis. This project not only gives us the opportunity to add the never before recorded Hindemith work to the Ondine catalogue, but it will be the first time a commercial recording featuring the Curtis Symphony Orchestra has been released in over a decade."

Curtis President Roberto Dłéaz said, "We are delighted to have the opportunity to share the extraordinary artistry of Curtis students with a worldwide audience. Over the past few years, Christoph Eschenbach has led the Curtis Symphony Orchestra in many outstanding performances, and this project will capture their unique relationship on record."

The Ondine catalogue already includes many recordings by Christoph Eschenbach. "I'm very pleased to be a part of another recording project with Ondine," he said. "It's a joy to conduct the remarkable young musicians in the Curtis orchestra, and I'm particularly looking forward to leading the first-ever commercial recording of the Hindemith work with the wonderful soloist who premiered it, Leon Fleisher."

For over twenty years, Ondine has remained true to its founding principle: uncompromising devotion to excellence in recorded music. The label's mission is to support creative efforts in the field of contemporary music and to showcase performances by top artists which bring a new dimension to established works of the classical repertoire. An exceptional case in the world of independent labels, Ondine has increasingly expanded its recorded repertoire from chamber to orchestral music and opera. Strong partnerships have linked Ondine to the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Tampere Philharmonic, and Tapiola Sinfonietta, in addition to the Orchestre de Paris and The Philadelphia Orchestra. Ondine recordings feature conductors such as Esa-Pekka Salonen, Leif Segerstam, Sakari Oramo, John StorgłÇrds, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Mikko Franck, and Oliver Knussen.

The Curtis Symphony Orchestra, called "an orchestra that any city would be lucky to have as its professional ensemble" (The Philadelphia Inquirer), was last featured on a commercial recording in 1995, when EMI Classics released a disc of works by Vaughan Williams conducted by Andrłę Previn. The orchestra performs a three-concert season in Philadelphia's Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, as well as programs elsewhere in the region and occasionally at Carnegie Hall. Recent visiting conductors include Charles Dutoit, Alan Gilbert, Simon Rattle, Michael Tilson Thomas, and Miguel Harth-Bedoya. This real-world training has enabled Curtis alumni to assume prominent positions in major orchestras across the United States, Canada, and abroad. Seventeen percent of the principal chairs in America's top twenty-five orchestras are held by Curtis-trained musicians.

The Curtis Institute of Music trains exceptionally gifted young musicians for careers as performing artists on the highest professional level. One of the world's leading music schools, Curtis provides full-tuition scholarships to all of its 162 students, ensuring that admissions are based solely on artistic promise. A Curtis education is uniquely tailored to the individual student, with personalized attention from a celebrated faculty and unusually frequent performance opportunities. This distinctive "learn by doing" approach to musical training has produced an impressive number of notable artists, from such legends as Leonard Bernstein and Samuel Barber to current stars Juan Diego Flłärez, Alan Gilbert, Hilary Hahn, Jennifer Higdon, and Lang Lang.

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NACO, May 7-8: Helmuth Rilling leads NAC Orchestra in Mendelssohn's Elijah

Ottawa, Canada ĺ─ý Helmuth Rilling will lead the National Arts Centre Orchestra, four soloists and three choirs totaling 150 singers in Mendelssohnĺ─˘s mighty oratorio Elijah ĺ─ý drama on a truly Biblical scale ĺ─ý in Ovation Series concerts on Wednesday, May 7 and Thursday, May 8 at 20:00 in the NACĺ─˘s Southam Hall. It is only the second time in the NAC Orchestraĺ─˘s history that it has presented the massive work. It will be performed in German with surtitles in English and French.

There will be ĺ─˙Musically Speakingĺ─¨ post-concert Talkbacks offered on Southam Hall stage after both concerts with Maestro Helmuth Rilling and chorus master Duain Wolfe.

Elijah remains one of the crowning achievements of the choral literature and is, along with Handelĺ─˘s Messiah and Haydnĺ─˘s Creation, one of the three most popular oratorios of all time. Garnering deafening applause and calls for encores at its premiere in 1846, the nearly operatic conception of Elijah depicts the struggle of the larger-than-life prophet against false gods and the fiery Jezebel, and amazingly evokes drought, rainstorms and earthquakes, as well as Godĺ─˘s display of power in a column of fire and Elijahĺ─˘s ascent to heaven in a chariot. ĺ─˙I picture Elijah,ĺ─¨ wrote Mendelssohn ĺ─˙as a grand and mighty prophet of a kind we would do well to have in our own day ĺ─ý powerful, zealous, but also harsh and angry and saturnine; a striking contrast to the court sycophants and the rabble.ĺ─¨

Canadian bass Nathan Berg ĺ─ý who last performed here in the Verdi Requiem in 2006 and under the direction of Helmuth Rilling in Haydnĺ─˘s Creation in 2004 ĺ─ý sings the role of the prophet Elijah. American soprano Elizabeth Keusch makes her NAC Orchestra debut as the Widow and an Angel ĺ─ý originally written for the famous ĺ─˙Swedish Nightingaleĺ─¨ Jenny Lind. Romanian mezzo-soprano Roxana Constantinescu, also making her NACO debut, is Jezebel and an Angel; and American tenor James Taylor, who performed with Rilling and Berg in Haydnĺ─˘s Creation as well as the 2006 presentation of Bachĺ─˘s B-minor Mass, portrays Obadiah and Ahab. The Cantata Singers of Ottawa (Michael Zaugg, director), the Ottawa Choral Society (Matthew Larkin, director) and members of the Ottawa Bach Choir (Lisette Canton) combine for a 150-voice chorus prepared by Duain Wolfe with assistance from Laurence Ewashko.

Stuttgart-born Helmuth Rilling is active as a conductor, pedagogue, and an ambassador for the music of J. S. Bach worldwide. He founded the Głžchinger Kantorei in 1954 and 11 years later founded the Bach Collegium Stuttgart. In addition to Bach, he has been a fervent advocate of ĺ─˙neglectedĺ─¨ romantic choral music as well as commissioning and performing contemporary choral music. With his ensembles in Stuttgart or as a guest conductor, Maestro Rilling is active on the international concert podium, performing regularly throughout Europe, US, and Canada. As a testament to his inexhaustible activity are hundreds of CD, radio and TV recordings. He was awarded the UNESCO International Music Prize in 1994 and won a coveted Grammy Award in 2000 for his recording of Krzystof Pendereckiĺ─˘s Credo.

Tickets for these Ovation Series concerts on Wednesday, May 7 and Thursday, May 8 at 20:00 are on sale now at $19.00, $29.00, $49.00, $59.00, $69.00 with box seats at $83.00 (GST and Facility Fee included) at the NAC Box Office (Monday to Saturday from 10:00 to 21:00), and through Ticketmaster (with surcharges) at 613-755-1111. Ticketmaster may also be accessed through the NACĺ─˘s website at

Half-price tickets for students in all sections of the hall are on sale in person at the NAC Box Office upon presentation of a valid student ID card. Same-day Live Rush tickets (subject to availability) for full-time students (aged 13 to 29) are $10 at the NAC Box Office between 14:00 and 18:00 on the day of performance only, upon presentation of a valid Live Rush card.

Groups of 10 and more save 15% to 20% off the regular price of tickets to NAC Music, Theatre and Dance performances. To reserve your seats call 613-947-7000 ext. 384 or email

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[Montreal] CinemaSpace at The Segal Centre for Performing Arts announces busy start to Spring

Canadian premiere of Anne and the Reverend (Apr. 30/May 1); Ralph Benmergui to appear live, May 3

April, 2008 ĺ─ý As a spring awakening returns to Montreal after a record setting winter, so too is the new CinemaSpace at the Segal Centre coming to life with an invigorating schedule of films that includes both the Canadian premiere of Anne and the Reverend and an appearance by Ralph Benmergui to promote his new documentary television series, My Israel.

ĺ─˙We got started at CinemaSpace this winter with a successful collaboration with Les Rendez-vous du cinłęma Qułębłęcois and the Montreal Human Rights Film Festival and then we got very busy watching a lot of new material to pick what we felt would truly inspire Montrealers to come to the Centre and our brand new CinemaSpace in the spring.ĺ─¨ says CinemaSpace director Ezra Soiferman. ĺ─˙Weĺ─˘ve got wonderful films and events to share.ĺ─¨

Indeed, the early spring schedule is highlighted by the screening of a film that could be called the next Paper Clips: Anne and the Reverend (April 30th, May1st). ĺ─˙A reverend from Hiroshima who speaks Hebrew fluentlyĺ─Â A museum about the Shoah lost in the middle of the Japanese countrysideĺ─Â Anne and the Reverend is a documentary about Makoto Otsuka, a reverend from Hiroshima, who met Anne Frank's father Otto Frank 30 years ago and ever since then has shared the memory of the Holocaust to Japanese children. Through the portrayal of this man, both funny and moving, Anne and the Reverend presents an unexpected approach to the Shoah and an unknown side of Japan.ĺ─¨ Filmmaker Francois Uzan, flying in from France, will be present for a post film Q&A on both nights. This is the Canadian premiere of Anne and the Reverend.

ĺ─˙I'm very excited to share my film with the audience: introducing people to Reverend Otsuka and his amazing work is always a thrill,ĺ─¨ said Uzan. ĺ─˙Actually, when I first met him I promised I'd do my best to let as many people as possible know about his museum about Anne Frank and whenever I screen "Anne and the Reverend", I feel like I'm keeping this promise.ĺ─¨

On Saturday, May 3rd, journalist Ralph Benmergui offers a sneak peek at video clips from his new TV series and shares stories of his recent experiences in Israel. ĺ─˙Ralph Benmergui: My Israel, coming to VisionTV on May 5, 6 and 7, is a new, five-part documentary series that looks at the past, present and future of Israel through the eyes of one of Canadaĺ─˘s most renowned journalists. The series brings Ralph, a Moroccan-Canadian Jew, face to face with Israelis from every stratum of society, and shows the Holy Land in ways that few Canadians have been privileged to experience. Broadcast in honour of Israelĺ─˘s 60th anniversary, the program is a heartfelt exploration of belief and values, ethnicity and identity, conflict and reconciliation in a country coming of age in the 21st Century.ĺ─¨

"I'm very excited about this series and feel that in true Jewish style I've given everyone on this journey a hard time,ĺ─¨ Benmergui quipped. ĺ─˙We as Canadians need to talk about Judaism, Israel, and Ashkenazi/Sephardic dialogue. I can't wait to see you all."

Also coming up at CinemaSpace are:

Esti Mayer: Artist. A live lecture on The Holocaust Suite (May 1st at 7pm; Entry is free. Must RSVP for tickets 514-739-7944)

Fundraiser screening of award-winning shorts by students from Tel Aviv University (May 4th, 7:30PM, Must RSVP to Cdn Friends of Tel Aviv U. at 514-344-3417).

S&M: Short and Male - Sneak Preview of Howard Goldbergĺ─˘s new documentary about short men Tuesday, May 6th, 7pm and 9pm

Six Days in June ĺ─ý Doc produced by Ina Fichman about 1947 Israeli Six Day War. Thursday, May 8th at 8:30PM.

Baghdad Twist ĺ─ý NFB documentary by Joe Balass about his motherĺ─˘s reminiscences of growing up Jewish in Iraq. May 14th and 15th, 7pm.

Please see the attached full schedule for dates and times, address and more information.

About CinemaSpace:

CinemaSpace is the Segal Centreĺ─˘s brand new state-of-the-art screening room. Featuring surround-sound, a high definition projector and 77 plush cinema seats covered in hemp eco-fabric, CinemaSpace is Montreal's brand new boutique film venue. It will host independent film screenings, collaborations with existing film festivals, and much more.

Ben Gonshor

Director, Marketing and Communications

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[Toronto] Final line-up for Stars of the 21st Century Koffler Centre Dance Gala

For Immediate Release: April 23, 2008

Artists from American Ballet Theatre and Joffrey Ballet
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Sunday, May 4, 2008 * Toronto Centre for the Arts

Veronika Part, American Ballet Theatre and Fabrice Calmels, Joffrey Ballet, will join the cast of international dance stars for the 7th annual KOFFLER CENTRE OF THE ARTS GALA, STARS OF THE 21st CENTURY, Sunday, May 4 at the Toronto Centre for the Arts. Part and Calmels will perform Swan Lake White Adagio and Gerald Arpino's Light Rain.

Part and Calmels are replacing the Berlin State Opera Ballet's Ronald Savkovic and Shoko Nakamura, who are unable to appear at the gala this year.

The full company consists of:
Veronika Part, American Ballet Theatre and Fabrice Calmels, Joffrey Ballet
Nina Gershman and Alexander Utkin, The Israel Ballet
Ana Marłéa Lłäpez and Francisco Lorenzo, Compał▒łéa Nacional de Danza de Espał▒a
Miki Hamanaka, Lithuania National Opera Ballet and Daniil Simkin, Vienna State Opera Ballet
Yevgenia Obraztsova, Kirov Ballet and Artem Pykhachov, Mikhailovsky Ballet
Heather Ogden, Nehemiah Kish and Zdenek Konvalina, National Ballet of Canada

The Koffler Centre of the Arts has a history of being an innovative and inclusive centre for the creation and presentation of art and culture. Established in 1977 to enrich the cultural life of Toronto through arts education and exhibitions, the Koffler Centre has grown to reach thousands of people a year through a rich mix of classes in dance, music, and visual arts; public programs such as concerts with the Koffler Chamber Orchestra, the Helen and Stan Vine Canadian Jewish Book Awards and the Jewish Book Fair, Rikkudiya Israeli Dance Festival; and cutting-edge, critically-acclaimed exhibitions at the Koffler Gallery.

A Solomon Tencer Production o Nadia Veselova-Tencer Artistic Director
Sunday May 4th, 2008, 8pm
The Toronto Centre For The Arts, 5040 Yonge Street, Toronto
Tickets range from $60-$165 and are available at or by calling 416-872-1111
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The Musical Instrument Museum Acquires Instrument Collection


Melissa Parsoff, Ruder Finn A&CC


The Musical Instrument Museum Acquires One of the Largest Instrument Collections in the United States

Renowned Collection from the Kenneth G. Fiske Museum

at The Claremont Colleges Features More Than 1,200 Musical Instruments

Phoenix, April 21, 2008 ĺ─ţThe Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) today announced that it will acquire a historically significant collection of musical instruments from Claremont University Consortium's Kenneth G. Fiske Museum at The Claremont Colleges in California. The first major acquisition to enter MIM's collection since the museum's groundbreaking ceremony in Phoenix in February 2008, the Fiske Collection includes more than 1,200 American, European and world instruments dating from the 17th through the 20th centuries.

The Fiske collection will greatly enhance the depth and breadth of MIM's collection, which will feature instruments from every country in the world. Many instruments joining the MIM collection have a special significance due to their fine construction, reputation of their makers, provenance or connection to famous performers. A large number of these newly acquired instruments will be on display in the museum's galleries when MIM opens in 2010.

"This is a landmark acquisition for MIM, and I want to thank Claremont University Consortium and Claremont Colleges for making this possible," said Bill DeWalt, MIM President and Director. "We are delighted that these beautiful and significant objects will join our permanent collection, enhancing MIM's commitment to showcase spectacular examples of our diverse musical heritage."

The Fiske Museum collection began with a brass collection purchased in 1954, and was on display at the Bridges Auditorium in Claremont from 1977-1997, and then open by appointment until 2006. The instruments also served as a teaching resource for the colleges' professors and students. In November 2006, the museum closed and since that time the collection has not been accessible to the general public.

"We are very excited for our collection to be acquired by MIM, the first truly global museum of its kind," said Robert Walton, Chief Executive Officer, Claremont University Consortium. "It is very important to Claremont Colleges that these instruments be available for the benefit and enjoyment of audiences from around the United States and beyond."

The Collection

Brass instruments represent the most comprehensive element of the Fiske Collection and the centerpiece is a set of seven over-the-shoulder brasses by Hall & Quinby of Boston (1872), the only known complete set of these types of Civil War-period instruments. The collection also features examples of most valve types invented during the 19th century and several outstanding examples by European and American makers are represented. Other highlights include 19th-century clock-spring slide trumpets by Ulyate, London (c. 1830); a slide trumpet made for the famous English player John Distin (c. 1833); a keyed trumpet by Antonio Apparuti, Modena (c. 1835), a rarity as the only example in the United States; an expertly designed disc valve cornet by J. A. Kohler, London (c. 1853); and two double-piston valve B-flat trumpets by Graves & Co., Worcester, Massachusetts (c. 1845).

The collection also includes several important examples of woodwind instruments from the 18th and 19th centuries, such as an extremely rare, curved English horn by August Grenser, Dresden (c. 1760); a finely preserved C clarinet by John Astor of London (c. 1785); a unique C clarinet by Naust of Paris (c. 1780); an oboe by Lehnhold of Dresden (c. 1800); a flute by F.G. A. Kirst of Potsdam (c. 1790); a beautifully-designed basset horn by Stengel (c. 1870); a unique prototype alto saxello by H. N. White, Cincinnati (c. 1925); and an early alto sax by Conn, Elkhart, Indiana (c. 1888).

String instruments in the collection include five 18th century violas d'amore, including a notable instrument by Johann Andreas Doerffel of Klingenthal (c. 1750). A fine treble viol by the noted maker Leandro Bisiach, Milan (c. 1895), is one of two known reproductions of a 16th century viol. Other notable string instruments include a rare mandolin by Joanies Vinnacia of Naples (1763); a mandora of the Presbler School in Milan (1785); and a hammer dulcimer (ca. 1877) by James A. MacKenzie of Minneapolis.

The keyboard collection includes one of the only surviving "semi-grand" pianos, and one of the earliest surviving American-made grand pianos, by Jonas Chickering, Boston (1850). Other keyboards of note are a Grand piano (ca. 1835) by Jean-Henri Pape of Paris with unique down-striking action, and a 3-manual, 5-octave reed organ [ca. 1889] by Mason & Hamlin of Boston.

The world instrument portion of the collection includes a large group of beautifully made and handsomely decorated Tibetan dung-chen (trumpets). Many traditional wind, string and percussion instruments from China, Japan, Africa, Indonesia and South America are an important part of the collection, as well, including a Magindanao kulintang (gong-chime ensemble) from the Philippines; several fine examples of suona (oboe) from China; 2 shofar (ram's horn) from Israel; an early 20th-century Spanish laud; and large, wooden side blown trumpets from central Africa.

About MIM

Scheduled to open in early 2010 in north Phoenix, The Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) will celebrate the similarities and differences of the world's cultures as expressed through musicĺ─ţa language common to us all. Featuring musical instruments from every country in the world, MIM will pay homage to the history and diversity of instruments and introduce museum guests to their varied and unique sounds. MIM will be an engaging, entertaining and informative experience, in which the uninitiated and the knowledgeable, the young and the old will feel welcome.

MIM will exhibit approximately 3,000 instruments, from the exquisite heirlooms of royal courts to handcrafted pieces passed down through humble generations, from masterpieces crafted by skilled artisans for performances heard by millions to unique instruments produced for the enjoyment of individuals. Wireless headsets and high-resolution video screens will allow visitors to see these instruments, hear their sounds, and observe them being played in their original settings. Other areas of the museum will provide opportunities for visitors to play selected instruments and see how they are made.

About the Claremont University Consortium

Claremont University Consortium (CUC) is the central coordinating institution of The Claremont Colleges. As such, CUC provides common services for the internationally renowned cluster of two graduate and five undergraduate colleges serving more than 6,000 students. The consortium offers the expansive physical facilities and wide selection of courses, faculty, student services and extracurricular activities of a university, and the personalized education of small private colleges. The Consortium includes Pomona College (established in 1887), Claremont Graduate University (1925), Scripps College (1926), Claremont McKenna College (1946), Harvey Mudd College (1955), Pitzer College (1963), and the Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Science (1997) and Claremont University Consortium (1925).

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Spectacles łŢ L'Intendant




Roger Mariage Voir la rłęalite en pleine farce
Le vendredi 25 avril 20h

Notre małĂtre łŢ pensłęes, vłęritable pro du verbe, manipule avec virtuositłę les subtilitłęs de la langue franł▀aise afin de nous faire voir la rłęalitłę en pleine farce łŢ travers des observations qui nous font rłęflłęchir autant que sourire. Mais ce drłąle de philosophe ne jongle pas qu'avec les mots, il jongle avec notre tłüte, enchałĂnant les idłęes aussi vite que les calembours, łŢ tel point que la transmission de pensłęe(s) de cet homme de paroles dłępasse la vitesse du son.

Il fait sans cesse appel łŢ notre intelligence et ne chatouille notre matił«re grise que pour mieux la griser. En plus de nous łętonner et de nous enchanter, il nous fait rłęellement planer.

Aikya "Douceur & Percussions"
Samedi 3 mai 20h

Auteures, compositeures, interprł«tes et multi instrumentistes, Stłęphanie et Sabrina, du duo Aikya, proposent un voyage musical unique de pop francophone aux accents de musique du monde. Sous la supervision musicale de Michel Cusson et de Paule-Andrłęe Cassidy łŢ la mise en scł«ne, les douces voix du duo fusionnent harmonieusement aux rythmes des percussions de Stłęphanie (djembłę, mrdand, udu et berimbau) et aux effets parfois mystiques du clavier de Sabrina.
Aikya livre une performance envoł¬tante oł╝ les mots, les voix et la musique ne font qu'un.
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Premił«re partie de AIKYA:

Auteure, compositeure, interprł«te, chante la nature et la ville au son d'une musique folk acoustique voguant entre la folk de Tracy Chapman et la chanson de Richard Desjardins. Ne s'attachant pas łŢ un style en particulier, Sylvia explore par moments des touches de country ou de jazz.
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Samedi 10 mai- 20h


Originaire du Kamouraska, Dominique Bouffard y grandit jusqu'łŢ l'łóge de 17 ans avant de s'łętablir łŢ Qułębec. L'auteure-compositrice-interprł«te se fait remarquer dans le milieu de la musique trł«s rapidement. Ses nombreuses collaborations łŢ d'importants łęvłęnements culturels lui permettent de voir des portes s'ouvrir en signant avec Christal Musik. Elle nous revient aprł«s un passage remarqułę en premił«re partie de la tournłęe RENAN LUCE l'automne dernier.

Dominique dłęmontre une remarquable małĂtrise vocale et un talent indłęniable pour la młęlodie. Laurłęate du Festival en chanson de Petite-Vallłęe en 2004, elle propose des chansons empreintes de rłęalisme, d'authenticitłę et d'humour.
Un coup de cëýur assurłę !

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Martin Jalbert "Je partirai"
samedi 17 mai 20 hrs

Martin Jalbert, auteur-compositeur-interprł«te, natif de Pabos-Mills en Gaspłęsie. ł─ bas łóge, il chantait sur des airs d'un groupe acadien 1755 et interprłętait dłęjłŢ les compositions du chanteur Francis Cabrel.
ł─ l'łóge de 15 ans, il montait sur la scł«ne pour chanter łŢ des soirłęes amateurs. C'est łŢ cette łępoque qu'il a łęcrit sa premił«re composition Reprendre mes sens et depuis il n'a cessłę de composer des textes et młęlodies.
En 2002, Martin enregistre son premier album acoustique D'un temps łŢ l'autre. Il a participłę au concours Future Star łŢ Qułębec et łŢ Chicoutimi en 2004. Il a remportłę respectivement la 2ił«me et la 3e position.
En 2006, aprł«s 3 ans d'łęcriture et de composition intense, Martin lance son 2ił«me album folk Je partirai comprenant dix chansons accrocheuses et passionnłęes telles que : Piłęgłę, Dł«s, mon premier accord, Je partirai, Tu vis, L'homme de fer, Pour rien au monde, Pour une fois, Le rłęcital, Tu sera, et Un air de dłęjłŢ vu.

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łÔric Larochelle
Le vendredi 23 mai 20h

La vie magnifique d'łÔric Larochelleĺ─Â

J'ai grandi łŢ Pintendre sur la rive-sud de Qułębec, j'ai commenł▀łę łŢ jouer du piano trł«s jeune et un peu plus tard, łŢ łęcrire des chansons. ł─ l'łóge de 19 ans j'avais assez de chansons pour me faire un genre de mini-album que j'allais appeller, łßa vient de Partir...
En 2003 je remportais le prix du Public au Concours National de la chanson Francophone, Le Pont des łÔtoiles.
En 2006 c'łętait le Prix du Public au Festival en chanson de Petite-Vallłęe et en 2007, finaliste au Festival international de la chanson de Granby oł╝ je remportais 4 mentions dont celui de la Meilleure prłęsence sur scł«ne donnłę par Radio-Canada.
J'ai terminłę mon 4e album-maison au printemps 2007. Pour le reste eh bien j'ai toujours espłęrance de me faire repłücher par la LNH malgrłę mes 15 livres over, et puis mon snap de 36 milles łŢ l'heure. Alors en attendant j'łęcris des chansons en espłęrant faire la palette, le motton et puis devenir millionnaire pour acheter une franchise de hockey, rammenner les Nordiques łŢ Qułębec et me tailler une place sur le premier trio.

łÔric Larochelle raconte ses histoires dans un franł▀ais bien de chez-nous. Entre une guitare et un piano, ses doigts et son coeur balancent toujours, mais s'attardent łŢ composer des chansons oł╝ le goł¬t du risque et de la sincłęritłę sont bien prłęsents

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Babines Duo d'harmonica
Samedi 24 mai 20h

Babines vous invite łŢ vivre une aventure musicale insolite. Alliant l'harmonica łŢ une pointe d'humour, ce duo vous amł«ne autour du monde, łŢ la dłęcouverte des timbres singuliers et des dimensions inattendues de cet instrument sous-estimłę. Utilisant des harmonicas de toutes les formes, ils font entendre les mille et une facettes de la musique łŢ bouche tout en mettant en valeur des instruments comme la flł¬te et les percussions d'origines diverses.
Laissez Babines vous entrałĂner łŢ la dłęcouverte d'univers

Pierre Calvłę "Les moments les plus beaux"
Jeudi 29 mai 20 h
Vendredi 30 mai 20 h
Samedi 31 mai 20 h

Depuis ses dłębuts en 1961, Pierre Calvłę n'a jamais cessłę de parcourir les routes pour nous faire partager ses voyages en chansons.
Il sera de retour łŢ L'Intendant pour la quatrił«me fois depuis l'ouverture.
Il nous prłęsentera ses grands succł«s tels que : Le vent de l'hiver, Veracruz, Quand les bateaux s'en vont, Vivre en ce pays, Toi le printemps, ainsi que la plupart des pił«ces de son c.d le plus rłęcent : Aquarelles. De nouvelles chansons viendront s'ajouter łŢ son rłępertoire et feront partie de son nouveau disque łŢ parałĂtre bientłąt. Il sera accompagnłę par son frł«re Jacques Calvłę łŢ la guitare acoustique, au rłęquinto mexicain et łŢ l'accordłęon. C'est un rendez-vous intime avec les rythmes chauds, la mer et les plages ensoleillłęes.

ł─ ne pas manquer !


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(En face de la gare du palais en venant par Charest ,continuitłę de la cłąte du Palais en venant de la rue St-Jean).

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Young musicians compete for $18,500 at the Finals of the NACO Bursary Competition 2008 on May 4

Ottawa, Canada ĺ─ý Up to eight young musicians with connections to the National Capital Region will compete for prizes totaling $18,500 at the Finals of the 2008 NAC Orchestra Bursary Competition to be held on Sunday, May 4 at 19:00 in the National Arts Centre Studio. These finalists will be selected from 30 applicants who auditioned before a jury of National Arts Centre Orchestra musicians and guests on April 30 and May 1. The winners will be announced and presented with certificates and cheques at the May 4 Finals. Admission is FREE, but donations to the NAC Orchestra Bursary Trust Fund are greatly appreciated.

Each finalist will perform short orchestral excerpts followed by a movement from a concerto or sonata that features their instrument, sometimes accompanied by piano. Refreshments will be served while the jury deliberates before the announcement of the winners.

The NACO Bursary Competition is open to music students in or from the region aged 16 to 24 who are following a recognized course of music study in preparation for careers as professional orchestral musicians. This yearĺ─˘s Bursary Committee and Jury are chaired by Vernon G. Turner, Canadaĺ─˘s former Ambassador to the USSR and to Israel, and an active volunteer at the National Arts Centre.

The NACO Bursary Trust Fund was established in 1979 to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the founding of the National Arts Centre Orchestra and to thank the people of the National Capital Region for their support during the Orchestraĺ─˘s first decade. The top prize is the NACO Bursary of $7,000 funded from the NACO Bursary Trust Fund. A second Trust Fund prize of $2,000 is the NACO Vic Pomer Award named for the late NACO violinist. A third prize covered by the Fund is the NAC Orchestra Special Prize of $500 for Best Orchestral Excerpts. Also available are three additional prizes to be awarded at the Juryĺ─˘s discretion: the Harold Crabtree Foundation Award of $5,000; the Friends of the National Arts Centre Orchestra Award of $3,000, created in 1993 to celebrate the Orchestraĺ─˘s 25th season; and the Piccolo Prix of $1,000 initiated in 2001 by Pasqualina (Pat) Adamo.

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OSM: Change of soloist

Montreal, April 24, 2008 ĺ─ý We wish to inform you that, for health reasons, pianist Oliver Jones has been forced to cancel his performance on April 29 in the Air Canada Words and Music Concerts series. Standing in for Mr. Jones will be one of the finest jazz musicians in Canada, pianist Lorraine Desmarais. She will playing Gershwinĺ─˘s Rhapsody in Blue, previously scheduled, and improvising cadenzas for it.

Ms. Desmarais is a hugely popular artist who performs around the world and whose discography includes a number of highly regarded releases. The recipient of many awards, she is the composer of original works that have earned her invitations to several jazz festivals and other musical events. Her playing partners have included such accomplished artists as Michel Donato, Michel Cusson, Franł▀ois Bourassa, James Gelfand and Vic Vogel.

On another note, Romulo Larrea will be the bandoneon player for the Astor Piazzolla piece Adiłäs, Nonino on the eveningĺ─˘s program.

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Peterborough Singers Perform St. Matthew Passion

Join the Peterborough Singers and world-class soloists for a glorious presentation of Bachĺ─˘s St. Matthew Passion. Saturday, May 10th, 2008 at 7:30 pm at George Street United Church. Tickets $26 Adults/ $10 Students. Call 705-745-1820 or email

Peterborough Singers

Phone & Fax: 705-745-1820

"Pursuing excellence through the experience of choral music"

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Ravel, Vivier et Beethoven sont łŢ lĺ─˘honneur en mai łŢ lĺ─˘Orchestre Symphonique de Laval

Laval, 23 avril 2008 ĺ─ý Lĺ─˘Orchestre Symphonique de Laval et son directeur artistique, Alain Trudel, proposent trois ëýuvres majeures du rłępertoire classique et contemporain, łŢ la hauteur de ces hłęros et de ces destins tragiques qui ont inspirłę ce concert. Ainsi, dans son Tombeau de Couperin, Maurice Ravel dłędie chaque mouvement łŢ des proches disparus lors de la Premił«re Guerre mondiale. Pour souligner ce qui aurait łętłę son 60e anniversaire de naissance, lĺ─˘OSL rend hommage łŢ Claude Vivier, un des compositeurs qułębłęcois les plus influents de sa głęnłęration, mort tragiquement łŢ 34 ans. La soprano Nathalie Paulin interprłętera lĺ─˘une de ses ëýuvres małĂtresses, lĺ─˘łęmouvant Lonely Child. Cĺ─˘est lĺ─˘Hłęrołěque, une pił«ce dłęterminante du rłępertoire symphonique, que Beethoven avait dĺ─˘abord dłędiłęe łŢ Bonaparte, qui viendra clore avec faste ce concert. ł─ noter que lĺ─˘OSL accueillera Espace musique, la radio musicale de Radio-Canada. Le concert sera enregistrłę et diffusłę ultłęrieurement dans le cadre des soirłęes classiques animłęes par Mario Paquet et prłęsentłęes du lundi au jeudi łŢ 20 h. Le concert Hłęros sera prłęsentłę le mardi 6 mai 2008 łŢ 20 h, łŢ la salle Andrłę-Mathieu.

Nathalie Paulin, soprano

Nathalie Paulin a acquis une excellente rłęputation aux łÔtats-Unis, au Canada, en Europe et en Extrłüme-Orient comme interprł«te de premier plan. Rłęcipiendaire du prix Dora-Mavor-Moore 2005 dans la catłęgorie Spectacle dĺ─˘opłęra exceptionnel, elle a travaillłę avec des chefs dĺ─˘orchestre de renommłęe internationale dont Jane Glover, Yannick Nłęzet-Słęguin, Andrew Parrott, Jonathan Darlington, Hervłę Niquet, David Agler, Richard Bradshaw, Bernard Labadie, Mario Bernardi, Anthony Walker, Graeme Jenkins, Andrew Litton et Yoav Talmi, lors de concerts et de spectacles dĺ─˘opłęra. Depuis 2006, madame Paulin a participłę łŢ plusieurs concerts, notamment : Orlando, pour lĺ─˘opłęra de Washington; elle a chantłę le rłąle de Pamina dans La Flł¬te enchantłęe, pour lĺ─˘opłęra de Vancouver; Micał┤la dans Carmen, pour lĺ─˘opłęra de Calgary; le Gloria de Poulenc, pour lĺ─˘Orchestre Młętropolitain du Grand Montrłęal; Peer Gynt, pour lĺ─˘Orchestre symphonique de Qułębec. Elle a remportłę le prix Dvorak et reł▀u de nombreuses reconnaissances dłęcernłęes, notamment, par la Fondation George London de New York, la Young Mozart Singersĺ─˘ Compłętition de Toronto et le Concours de musique du Canada.

Au programme

Alain Trudel, chef dĺ─˘orchestre

Nathalie Paulin, soprano

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)

Le Tombeau de Couperin

I. Prłęlude

II. Forlane

III. Menuet

IV Rigaudon

Le Tombeau de Couperin est dłędiłę non seulement łŢ ce grand compositeur baroque que fut Franł▀ois Couperin, mais aussi łŢ plusieurs amis tombłęs au cours de la Premił«re Guerre. Lĺ─˘oeuvre fut dĺ─˘abord łęcrite pour piano avant dĺ─˘łütre orchestrłęe quelques annłęes plus tard. Cette orchestration de Ravel montre bien lĺ─˘łętendue de son głęnie. Entre des traits de hautbois virtuoses et des młęlodies de trompettes saccadłęes, se dessine une ëýuvre qui sĺ─˘affranchit presque complł«tement de son canevas dĺ─˘origine, pour le plus grand bonheur des młęlomanes.

Claude Vivier (1948-1983)

Lonely Child

Claude Vivier nous a quittłęs il y a dłęjłŢ 25 ans et pourtant, il est encore bien vivant. On sĺ─˘arrache encore son ëýuvre dans les plus grandes maisons dĺ─˘łędition et les meilleurs ensembles du monde lĺ─˘enregistrent. La pił«ce Lonely Child, composłęe en 1980, est une ëýuvre pour soprano et orchestre de chambre. Sa notoriłętłę est si grande que des łętudiants du monde entier en font lĺ─˘objet de leur recherche. Lĺ─˘ëýuvre est chantłęe dans une langue inventłęe qui cherche łŢ łęveiller une nouvelle sensibilitłę. Elle est divisłęe en onze sections sĺ─˘enchałĂnant les unes aux autres, alternant entre le chant et des interludes dĺ─˘orchestre.


Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

Symphonie no 3 en mi błęmol majeur op. 55 Lĺ─˘Hłęrołěque

I. Allegro con brio

II. Marcia funebre (Adagio assai)

III. Scherzo (Allegro vivace) & trio

IV. Finale (Allegro molto ĺ─ý Poco andante ĺ─ý Presto)

Beethoven affirme son style avec lĺ─˘Hłęrołěque. On dit, au sujet de lĺ─˘łęcriture de cette ëýuvre, que cĺ─˘est le głęnłęral Bernadotte, ambassadeur de France łŢ Vienne, qui aurait suggłęrłę en 1798 łŢ Beethoven de composer une symphonie en lĺ─˘honneur de Napolłęon. Lĺ─˘histoire musicale populaire relate que Beethoven aurait dłędiłę lĺ─˘ëýuvre łŢ Napolłęon mais, voyant que ce dernier sĺ─˘łętait autoproclamłę empereur, en aurait raturłę la dłędicace. Une chose est certaine, cĺ─˘est que lĺ─˘Hłęrołěque marque le dłębut de la grande łępoque romantique en musique et demeure toujours une expłęrience fascinante, tant pour les musiciens que pour le public.

En rłęsumłę

Concert : le mardi 6 mai 2008 łŢ 20 h, łŢ la salle Andrłę-Mathieu

Confłęrence dĺ─˘avant-concert avec Alain Trudel: le mardi 6 mai 2008 dł«s 19 h 15, łŢ la salle Andrłę-Mathieu

Hłęros est une prłęsentation de BMO - Banque de Montrłęal

Les billets pour ce concert sont disponibles :

En ligne :

Au guichet de la salle Andrłę-Mathieu : 475, boul. de lĺ─˘Avenir, Laval

Par tłęlłęphone, billetterie de la salle Andrłę-Mathieu : (450) 667-2040

Via le Rłęseau admission : (514) 790-1245

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May and June at the TSO

A Stellar Conclusion to the
Toronto Symphony Orchestra's 86th Season
Featuring Yo-Yo Ma, Yannick Nłęzet-Słęguin and Jacques Israelievitch

The Toronto Symphony Orchestra's 86th season will soon come to an end, but before you put on your sunglasses and head to the beach, there are still several concerts that are not to be missed!

Much-loved cellist Yo-Yo Ma, whose concerts sell out wherever he performs, returns to Toronto on May 3 to perform Shostakovich's Cello Concerto No. 1, originally written for Mstislav Rostropovich. TSO Music Director Peter Oundjian will conduct this very special evening that will also include Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4.

Former TSO music director Gł║nther Herbig returns to conduct the Orchestra on May 7 and 8 in Mendelssohn's The Hebrides (Fingal's Cave) and Schubert's Symphony No. 9, in a concert titled Beethoven Piano Concerto 3. The Concerto will be performed by Jonathan Biss, the talented young American pianist, already recognized for his exceptional artistry, artistic maturity, and versatility. Biss comes from a long line of musicians: both of his parents were professional string players, while his grandmother was Raya Garbousova, for whom Samuel Barber composed his Cello Concerto.

Find out what happens when aliens plot to take over Roy Thomson Hall with conductor Rosemary Thomson and the Magic Circle Mime Company on May 10 at 1:30pm and 3:30pm. Orchestra from Planet X, the last of the Young People's Concerts Series this season, is an out-of-this-world concert experience!

Canadian violinist James Ehnes, a multiple Juno Award-winner and 2008 Grammy Award-winner, joins the TSO for the second time this season for Ehnes & Oundjian, on May 21 and 22. Ehnes will play the violin and lead the Orchestra in Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 4, and will be joined by TSO Principal Oboe Sarah Jeffrey for Bach's Concerto for Violin and Oboe. Peter Oundjian will conduct Beethoven's Symphony No. 5, which will conclude the evening.

Rising Canadian star Kwamłę Ryan will make his TSO debut conducting Ravel's most popular and passionate work, Bolłęro, on May 24 and 25. Ryan, who grew up in Trinidad, is charting a distinguished career in Europe, having recently been named Musical Director of the Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine. He will be joined by another Canadian, violinist Karen Gomyo, who was born in Tokyo to a Japanese father and a French-Canadian mother. She won the 1997 Young Concert Artists International Auditions just one week after her fifteenth birthday and the following year became the youngest artist ever to be presented in the Young Concert Artist Series in New York. In addition to Ravel's Bolłęro, his Mother Goose Suite, Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto, and Grieg's Holberg Suite will also be on the programme.

Canadian sensation Yannick Nłęzet-Słęguin returns to the TSO for a second appearance this season to conduct Brahms Symphony 4 on May 29 and 31. This all-Brahms evening features American pianist Stephen Kovacevich, renowned for his interpretations of Brahms, who will take the spotlight in Piano Concerto No. 2.

June will start with a Russian/American Festival, comprising two concerts: Oundjian & Dindo on June 4 and 5, and Thibaudet Plays Gershwin on June 11, 12, and 14.

As tickets are no longer available for Yo-Yo Ma's special appearance in May, the TSO invites you to experience another cello virtuoso, Enrico Dindo. In 1987, Dindo was invited by Riccardo Muti to be the principal cellist at the Orchestra of the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, a post he held for 11 years. His solo career was launched in 1997 when he was the first Italian to be awarded first prize at the Mstislav Rostropovich International Cello Competition in Paris. Dindo returns to the TSO after his dazzling debut in 2002, playing both of Shostakovich's Cello Concertos on two consecutive days. This time he will play Prokofiev's Sinfonia concertante for two performances on June 4 and 5.
The second concert of the Festival promises a programme of drama and elegance as masterful French pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet plays Gershwin's Piano Concerto and Peter Oundjian conducts Shostakovich's Tahiti Trot (variations on "Tea for Two") and selections from Prokofiev's ballet Romeo and Juliet on June 11, 12, and 14.
Jacques Israelievitch bids farewell to the Orchestra after 20 years as the TSO Concertmaster (the longest such tenure in the ensemble's history) in two concerts titled Celebrating Jacques Israelievitch, one of which will take place at the George Weston Recital Hall. The TSO has commissioned a world premił«re of the Double Concerto for Violin and Percussion from Kelly-Marie Murphy, which will be conducted by the TSO Composer Advisor Gary Kulesha, and performed by Israelievitch with his son Michael Israelievitch on percussion. Israelievich will play, as well as lead, Bach's Concerto for Two Violins, for which he will be joined by Associate Concertmaster Mark Skazinetsky. Finally, Peter Oundjian will conduct Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto, on June 7 and 8.
The TSO season closes with the ever-popular Last Night of the Proms on June 17 and 18. The always entertaining and witty Bramwell Tovey returns to the TSO to conduct these concerts, filled with jovial flag-waving songs such as Rule Britannia, Jerusalem, and Land of Hope and Glory.
Featuring Yo-Yo Ma, Yannick Nłęzet-Słęguin and Jacques Israelievitch
Yo-Yo Ma: Saturday, May 3, 2008 at 8pm
Beethoven Piano Concerto 3: Wednesday, May 7, 2008 at 8pm & Thursday, May 8, 2008 at 8pm
Orchestra from Planet X: Saturday, May 10, 2008 at 1:30pm & 3:30pm
Ehnes & Oundjian: Wednesday, May 21, 2008 at 8pm & Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 2pm
Bolłęro: Saturday, May 24, 2008 at 7:30pm & Sunday, May 25, 2008 at 3pm
Brahms Symphony 4: Thursday, May 29, 2008 at 8pm & Saturday, May 31, 2008 at 8pm
Oundjian & Dindo: Wednesday, June 4, 2008 at 8pm & Thursday, June 5, 2008 at 8pm
Celebrating Jacques Israelievitch: Saturday, June 7, 2008 at 7:30pm & Sunday, June 8, 2008 at 3pm*
Thibaudet Plays Gershwin: Wednesday, June 11, 2008 at 8pm, Thursday, June 12, 2008 at 2pm
& Saturday, June 14, 2008 at 8pm
Last Night of the Proms: Tuesday, June 17, 2008 at 8pm and Wednesday, June 18, 2008 at 2pm & 8pm

All concerts take place at Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe Street, Toronto
unless otherwise indicated
For tickets to all TSO concerts, call Roy Thomson Hall box office 416.593.4828
or online

*George Weston Recital Hall, 5040 Yonge Street
Tickets to this concert can be purchased through Ticketmaster at 416.872.1111
or online at

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Leurre juste, un łęvłęnement de performance dans les rues de Qułębec

Moncton, le 14 avril 2008 - La Galerie Sans Nom, centre d'artistes situłę łŢ Moncton, en collaboration avec l'Association des groupes en arts visuelsfrancophones (AGAVF), prłęsentent du 7 au 15 juin, Leurre juste, une słęrie de performances dans les rues de Qułębec. Prłęsentłę dans le cadre de la MANIF D'ART 4, l'łęvłęnement propose le travail de six artistes et collectifs de diverses rłęgions francophones du Canada.

Leurre juste met de l'avant un łęventail de prłęoccupations contemporaines et s'inscrit dans une dłęmarche actuelle reflłętant les intentions multiples des artistes participants. Les performances auront lieu dans divers endroits du Quartier Saint-Roch, encadrłęes d'une exposition collective dans la galerie du Cercle sur St-Joseph en lien avec certaines de ces manifestations.

Six projets seront ainsi prłęsentłęs par les artistes et collectifs suivants:

Jean-Denis Boudreau (Moncton, NB) est artiste de l'estampe et sculpteur qui exploite des thł«mes łŢ caractł«re social au moyen d'objets usuels traitłęs avec humour et sarcasme. Sa sculpture Sujet de conversation, qui fait l'objet d'une expłęrimentation publique et participative, sera en montre dans l'exposition collective.

Maria Legault (Toronto, ON) est artiste interdisciplinaire qui, dans sa jeune carrił«re, s'est recouvert le visage de gomme łŢ młócher, s'est cachłęe dans des nuages de barbe łŢ papa, et a rempli des crevasses avec du glał▀age rose. Elle prłęsente une performance intitulłęe Maria Plus Un avec son compagnon de vie, une poupłęe de taille humaine fabriqułęe par l'artiste. Maria Plus Un est un projet łętalłę en plusieurs volets dont la documentation sera prłęsentłęe dans l'exposition collective.

Le Collectif Taupe (Moncton, NB) est composłę de quatre artistes: Jennifer Błęlanger, Jean-Denis Boudreau, Angł«le Cormier et Mario Doucette. Au sein du collectif, ces artistes mettent en cause leurs prłęoccupations sous forme de projets łętonnants dans des lieux inhabituels incitant l'interaction avec le public et dans le but d'encourager un dialogue. C'est fini est une performance qui explore la rupture du couple.

Dominique Rey et Vanessa Rigaux (Winnipeg MA),artistes multidisciplinaires et membres du collectif Abzurbs, prłęsentent Histoires d'amour. Ces histoires non ordinaires font allusion łŢ des identitłęs et altłęritłęs qui mettent en question les paramł«tres prłęconł▀us de l'amour.

Jason St-Laurent (Toronto ON) propose Camouflage lors duquel l'artiste s'intł«gre łŢ un monument d'art public habillłę d'un costume Č┤ trash Ȭ qui imitent la texture et la couleur de l'oeuvre. Cette manifestation cadre dans un projet performatif faisant l'objet d'une słęrie de photographies et ayant eu lieu dans diffłęrentes villes au Canada et łŢ l'łętranger. Les photographies de l'ensemble du projet seront prłęsentłęes dans l'exposition collective.

Stefan St-Laurent (Ottawa ON) met de l'avant, avec son projet Rłęveillon, la survivance tenace des Acadiens en Amłęrique du Nord, un fait peu connu du grand public. Cette performance prendra l'allure d'une invasion par un grand nombre de personnes habillłęes en costumes traditionnels acadiens s'intłęgrant łŢ un lieu public de la ville.

Afin de connałĂtre l'horaire et les lieux des performances, veuillez consulter le site de la Galerie Sans Nom au L'horaire, ainsi que toutes autres informations, sera aussi disponible sur place łŢ la salle d'exposition du Cercle sur St-Joseph, 228 St-Joseph Est.

La Galerie Sans Nom est un centre d'artistes voułę łŢ la prłęsentation des arts visuels et multidisciplinaires canadiens. Depuis 1977, elle appuie les initiatives d'artistes, favorisant l'expłęrimentation et l'innovation. L'Association des groupes en arts visuels francophones (AGAVF) est un organisme national de service aux arts, porte-parole des groupes Č˙uvrant dans le domaine des arts visuels professionnels dans les milieux franco-canadiens.

Leurre juste est appuyłę par le Secrłętariat aux affaires intergouvernementales canadiennes (SAIC) de la Province du Qułębec, le Patrimoine canadien et le Conseil des arts du Canada.

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Source: Lynne Surette, Coordonatrice du projet Leurre juste :
Galerie Sans Nom: / 506 854-5381

La Galerie Sans Nom est appuyłęe par ses membres, le Conseil des Arts du Canada
et le Ministł«re du Mieux-łütre, de la Culture et du Sport du Nouveau-Brunswick.

Galerie Sans Nom is supported by its members, the Canada Council for the Arts
and the Department of Wellness, Culture and Sports of New Brunswick.

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Julie Crochetił«re au Balcon

En spectacle le samedi 26 avril 2008

Dans un univers de musique homogł«ne et łęphłęmł«re, Julie Crochetił«re se rłęvł«le une artiste brillante et indłępendante. Son premier album solo, A Better Place, lancłę en fłęvrier 2007,se dłęmarque par une musique plutłąt soul-hybride. Artiste d'origine montrłęalaise, elle habite maintenant Toronto.

Sa carrił«re solo dłębute en 2003 lorsqu'elle łęcrit et lance son premier EP, Cafłę, coproduit avec Haig V (Bran Van 3000). Ce lancement entrałĂne une słęrie de spectacles dans les festivals de musique les plus importants łŢ Toronto, Montrłęal et New York.

En 2007, forte de son expłęrience de production indłępendante łŢ partir de la crłęation jusqu'au spectacle devant public, Julie Crochetił«re se sentait maintenant d'attaque pour son premier album solo.

Aussi bien rebelle que musicienne doułęe avec sa formation classique, elle a łęcrit dix des quatorze chansons sur A Better Place, faisant appel entre autres łŢ la collaboration de Haydain Neale de Jacksoul et Xandy Barry. Le tout fut enregistrłę łŢ Montrłęal et łŢ Toronto en quelques semaines et rłęalisłę par Julie et Tony Albino. Le rłęsultat offre une production remarquablement intime et personnelle. Depuis sa sortie en Fłęvrier 2007, les ventes de son album ont atteint plus de 20 000 copies łŢ travers le Canada et les Etats-Unis. Sa maison de disque est Somerset Entertainment et l'album est distribułę par Universal Music.

C'est en łęcoutant l'album A Better Place que l'on constate la diversitłę des influences musicales qui ont inspirłę Julie C. pour la rłęalisation de ce dernier. De par sa personnalitłę, elle a trouvłę une fał▀on unique d'interprłęter ses compositions. Avec le ton soul et sensuel de sa voix, Julie Crochetił«re nous berce tout au long de son album d'un ton presque błęnłęfique comme nul autre artiste ne pourrait le faire!

De vraies łęmotions quoi!

17h30 : Table d'hłąte 4 services avec ambiance live, spectacle, taxes et pourboire inclus 65.15$

20h30 : Possibilitłę d'assister au spectacle seulement 20.00$

Le Balcon Cafłę-Thłęłótre est situłę au 304 rue Notre-Dame est łŢ Montrłęal.

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Program Outline - Art & Fine Living with Jona: April 23, 30 2008

Sundays at 7pm and Wednesdays at 3pm

Dear Friends:

Next program, to air on two consecutive Wednesdays, April 23rd and April 30th, is closed captioned by:

1. The Centaur Theatre Company Č˝ Forever Yours, Marie Lou (Michel Tremblay)

2. I.D Foods Corporation

Montreal Spotlight:

Opera de Montreal; Centaur Theatre; Orchestre Metropolitain; Segal Centre; Les Grands Ballets Canadiens; Danse Danse (Ultima Vez); Orchestre Metropolitain/Concordia Univesity Gala; Israeli Film Festival; Montreal Symphony Orchestra

Featured Guests:

Conductor Yannick Nezet-Seguin

Music and Commentary:

Bruckner Symphony No. 7 (Orchestre Metropolitain) (Atma); Tout Passe - Chants d'Acadie (Suzie Leblanc) (Atma); La Mer (Orchestre Metropolitain) (Atma); Karibu - Lionel Loueke (Blue Note); Jazz Samba - Sadao Watanabe (Koch Recrods)

You can hear the program live on the radio at 1650 AM in Montreal, or online at You can also retrieve, listen or download aired programs on my web page (click on Programs - Art to Fine Living with Jona, and scroll down to archives).

I want to express my gratitude to my guest today, Yannick Nezet-Seguin.

With my best wishes,
Jona Rapoport
Producer & Host
Art & Fine Living with Jona
4454 Coolbrook, Suite 6
Montreal, H4A 3G2
Media Partners:
The Opera de Montreal
The Centaur Theatre Company

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Le Domaine Forget : Portłę par ses rłüves depuis 30 ans

Saint-Irłęnłęe, le 22 avril 2008 ĺ─ý Guy Carmichael, le directeur artistique du Festival International du Domaine Forget, dłęvoilait aujourdĺ─˘hui la programmation du 30e anniversaire, une programmation tournłęe vers lĺ─˘avenir et portłęe par la rłęalisation du grand rłüve du Domaine Forget. Le coup dĺ─˘envoi sera donnłę le samedi 21 juin et lĺ─˘łęvłęnement se poursuivra jusquĺ─˘au 31 aoł¬t.

Le Domaine Forget cłęlłębrera cet anniversaire avec une saison musicale comportant sa part de rencontres, de dłęcouvertes, de surprises et de retrouvailles avec des musiciens et ensembles faisant dłęsormais partie de la tradition. La słęrie Grands Concerts sera particulił«rement łętoffłęe avec deux concerts de lĺ─˘Orchestre symphonique de Qułębec, dirigłę tour łŢ tour par Yoav Talmi et Jean-Franł▀ois Rivest, et deux concerts des Violons du Roy sous la direction de Bernard Labadie, dont un avec La Chapelle de Qułębec qui fera ses dłębuts au Festival. Parmi les solistes invitłęs, la pianiste et improvisatrice Gabriela Montero risque de faire sensation tout comme le pianiste Marc-Andrłę Hamelin dont le retour sera attendu avec impatience. Lĺ─˘art lyrique sera brillamment reprłęsentłę avec notamment deux voix acclamłęes sur les plus grandes scł«nes dĺ─˘opłęra, la soprano Sondra Radvanovsky et le tłęnor canadien Richard Margison, auxquels sĺ─˘ajoutent le haute-contre Daniel Taylor et les sopranos qułębłęcoises Karina Gauvin et Marianne Fiset.

La programmation rłęserve aux młęlomanes quelques surprises dont un duo formłę du pianiste Oliver Jones et du violoniste Rłęgis Pasquier et une soirłęe mariant lĺ─˘art du cirque et musique avec le duo łÓve & Basile et lĺ─˘incomparable contrebassiste Franł▀ois Rabbath. Les amateurs seront aussi heureux dĺ─˘apprendre que 5 soirłęes seront consacrłęes au jazz cette saison, avec, au nombre des artistes invitłęs, le pianiste Michael Kaeshammer, la merveilleuse chanteuse Stacey Kent et la phłęnomłęnale Nikki Yanofsky, qui chantera accompagnłęe de dix musiciens lors du Concert błęnłęfice pour le Fonds de bourse Jacqueline et Paul Desmarais.

Franł▀ois Dompierre : Tłęmoin des premiers instants
Cette saison, Franł▀ois Dompierre agira łŢ titre de porte-parole, un choix tout indiqułę puisque lors des toutes premił«res saisons du Domaine Forget, le populaire compositeur słęjournait avec bonheur sur le site, se laissant inspirer par lĺ─˘atmosphł«re de ce merveilleux site et emporter par le grand rłüve de son fondateur, Franł▀oys Bernier.

Grands concerts

Bach lĺ─˘universel
Le samedi 21 juin, łŢ lĺ─˘occasion de la soirłęe dĺ─˘ouverture du 30e Festival International, le Domaine Forget a eu lĺ─˘idłęe de provoquer une rencontre autour de Jean-Słębastien Bach entre le chef dĺ─˘orchestre Bernard Labadie, Les Violons du Roy et le pianiste Alexandre Tharaud. Le pianiste, qui impressionne tant le public que la critique par sa personnalitłę musicale forte et singulił«re, interprłętera notamment les Concertos pour clavier en rłę mineur et fa mineur, BWV 1052 et BWV 1056. Le programme comprend łęgalement des ëýuvres cłęlł«bres du compositeur, la Suite pour orchestre en si mineur, avec, comme soliste, la flł¬tiste Marie-Andrłęe Benny, et le Concerto pour deux violons en rłę mineur avec Nicole Trotier et Pascale Giguł«re.

Handel chez le duc de Chandos
Le samedi 2 aoł¬t, lors de la soirłęe, Bernard Labadie et Les Violons du Roy seront de retour, cette fois en compagnie de La Chapelle de Qułębec qui fera ses dłębuts łŢ la Salle Franł▀oys-Bernier. La soprano Lydia Teuscher et le tłęnor Andreas Karasiak se joindront au chëýur et łŢ lĺ─˘orchestre pour offrir le Gloria pour soprano, orgue et continuo, HWV deest et trois Chandos Anthems (nos 2, 5 et 6), qui constituent quelques-unes des plus belles pages de musique religieuse du compositeur.

Le Domaine Forget et lĺ─˘OSQ : Une fructueuse collaboration depuis 30 ans
Depuis sa fondation, le Domaine Forget peut compter sur la prłęcieuse collaboration de lĺ─˘Orchestre symphonique de Qułębec et de ses musiciens. Trente ans plus tard, cette belle association prendra un nouvel essor qui, cette saison, se traduira notamment par deux grands concerts de lĺ─˘OSQ dans le cadre du Festival.

Une symphonie de grandes voix
Le samedi 12 juillet, lĺ─˘Orchestre symphonique de Qułębec et son directeur musical, Yoav Talmi, offriront au public une soirłęe Puccini. En plus dĺ─˘interludes orchestraux, le programme comprend des airs et des duos tirłęs des opłęras les plus populaires du compositeur. Le Festival est fier dĺ─˘accueillir pour lĺ─˘occasion deux prestigieux solistes, la soprano Sondra Radvanovsky, loułęe pour son intensitłę dramatique et dotłęe dĺ─˘une prłęsence scłęnique remarquable, et le tłęnor canadien, Richard Margison, lĺ─˘un des tłęnors les plus en vue sur la scł«ne internationale.

Le samedi 19 juillet passera łŢ lĺ─˘histoire alors que lĺ─˘OSQ, sous la direction de Jean-Franł▀ois Rivest, interprłętera la Quatrił«me symphonie de Mahler, la premił«re symphonie du compositeur łŢ łütre donnłęe łŢ la Salle Franł▀oys-Bernier. La soliste pour ce Mahler sera la merveilleuse soprano Karina Gauvin que le public retrouvera avec grand plaisir. Le pianiste Stłęphane Lemelin se joindra łęgalement łŢ lĺ─˘orchestre pour interprłęter le Concertino pour St-Irłęnłęe de Franł▀ois Dompierre.

Solistes dĺ─˘exception

Le samedi 28 juin, les młęlomanes ne voudront pas manquer les dłębuts au Festival de la pianiste vłęnłęzułęlienne Gabriela Montero. Dłęcrite par Martha Argerich comme Č┤ une artiste unique au talent rare Ȭ, la jeune interprł«te et improvisatrice exerce une vłęritable fascination dans le monde musical. Tel un virtuose de lĺ─˘łępoque romantique, Gabriela Montero puise son inspiration dans les ëýuvres małĂtresses des grands compositeurs, alliant fantaisie, łęmotions et haute technicitłę musicale pour rłęinventer avec brio le concept du pianiste de concert. Tout simplement captivant !

Le mercredi 9 juillet, le guitariste Lorenzo Micheli revient au festival avec SoloDuo, un ensemble quĺ─˘il forme avec le guitariste Matteo Mela. Les deux musiciens offriront des ëýuvres parmi les plus prisłęes du rłępertoire dont Tonadilla de Rodrigo et Tango Suite de Piazzolla, un programme avec lequel le duo faisait ses dłębuts łŢ Carnegie Hall en mars dernier.

Cĺ─˘est łęgalement avec empressement que le public assistera au rłęcital du pianiste Marc-Andrłę Hamelin, le vendredi 1er aoł¬t. Parions quĺ─˘il fera honneur łŢ sa rłęputation de virtuose extraordinaire avec un programme titanesque et audacieux composłę de la Sonate de Berg, la Sonate opus 35 de Chopin et lĺ─˘łępoustouflant Concerto pour piano solo, opus 39 dĺ─˘Alkan.

Le samedi 16 aoł¬t, le public sera heureux de retrouver le haute-contre Daniel Taylor qui, en compagnie du chëýur de 18 voix et de lĺ─˘orchestre du Theatre of Early Music, tentera de suspendre le temps et la douleur en offrant au public des ëýuvres de Bach et de ses contemporains.

Mariages de passions

Cette saison, le Festival surprendra le public en lui faisant dłęcouvrir quelques mariages de passions. Quĺ─˘y soit cłęlłębrłęe lĺ─˘union de lĺ─˘art du cirque et de la musique, de lĺ─˘humour et de lĺ─˘harmonie ou encore du classique et du jazz, ces soirłęes promettent des moments łŢ la fois łętonnants, magiques et assurłęment młęmorables.

Le jeudi 17 juillet rłęserve aux festivaliers une expłęrience inłędite alliant art du cirque et musique avec le duo łÓve & Basile. Rłęunissant la pianiste łÓve-Anouk Jebejian et le jongleur Cyril Rabbath alias Basile Dragon, deux artistes issus dĺ─˘univers diffłęrents, le duo crłęe une passerelle audacieuse entre la musique et le cirque, jouant tantłąt avec les atmosphł«res de Satie, tantłąt avec les rythmes fous de Bartłäk pour produire dĺ─˘łętonnantes jongleries musicales. łÓve & Basile a łętłę rłęcompensłę łŢ lĺ─˘unanimitłę par le Soleil d'Or du Festival de Cirque de Sierre en aoł¬t 2004. Cĺ─˘est en famille que se dłęroulera la seconde partie du concert alors que seront rłęunis sur scł«ne le contrebassiste Franł▀ois Rabbath et ses deux fils, le pianiste Sylvain Rabbath et le jongleur Cyril Rabbath.

Le vendredi 16 juillet, le fabuleux quatuor vocal britannique, Cantabile, prłęsente De Bach aux Beatles!, un voyage musical łęclectique alliant humour Č┤ british Ȭ et virtuositłę musicale pour offrir un dłęcapant młęlange dĺ─˘humour et dĺ─˘harmonie qui słęduit le public depuis 25 ans. La soirłęe du samedi 26 juillet rłęserve aussi une surprise de taille au public alors que le violoniste Rłęgis Pasquier et le pianiste Oliver Jones partageront la scł«ne pour offrir des grands classiques du jazz. Les deux musiciens, qui nĺ─˘ont fait connaissance que lĺ─˘annłęe dernił«re au Domaine Forget, ont eu un vłęritable coup de foudre musical, faisant nałĂtre lĺ─˘idłęe de partager ensemble la scł«ne cette saison pour le plus grand bonheur des młęlomanes.

Dłęcouvertes et hommages

Č┤ Quelle prłęsence et quelle vitalitłę ! Ȭ (Diapason)
Le vendredi 4 juillet, le public pourra dłęcouvrir le guitariste franł▀ais Judicał┤l Perroy. Dł«s lĺ─˘łóge de 11 ans, le musicien donnait des concerts, et par la suite, il sĺ─˘est illustrłę lors de plusieurs concours internationaux, remportant notamment le premier prix du 15e Concours Renłę Bartoli, en 1992, et le grand prix łŢ lĺ─˘unanimitłę du 15e Concours de la Guitar Foundation of America, en 1997. Pour ses dłębuts au Festival, il interprłętera la Grande Sonate opus 39 de Paganini, les Variations sur la Follia et Fugue de Ponce et des ëýuvres dĺ─˘Albeniz, Ohana et J.S. Bach, un programme mettant en lumił«re son tempłęrament fougueux et son incroyable virtuositłę.

Le samedi 5 juillet, le public sera nombreux łŢ assister au premier rłęcital au Festival de la soprano qułębłęcoise Marianne Fiset, qui, en mai 2007, remportait le grand prix du Concours Musical International de Montrłęal, et qui rłęcemment, łętait nommłęe Č┤ Jeune Soliste 2008 Ȭ par les Radios Francophones Publiques. La jeune artiste offrira, en compagnie de la pianiste Marie-łÓve Scarfone, des ëýuvres de Rossini, Liszt, Rachmaninov et Tchałěkovski.

Hommage łŢ deux titans du XXe sił«cle : Messiaen et Stockhausen
Le vendredi 27 juin, trois jeunes musiciens qułębłęcois, les flł¬tistes Chlołę Labbłę et Genevił«ve Dłęraspe et le clarinettiste Franł▀ois Duval, tous anciens stagiaires łŢ lĺ─˘Acadłęmie de musique et de danse, auxquels se joindra le clarinettiste Jonathan Cohler, transporteront le public dans lĺ─˘univers inoułě de Karlheinz Stockhausen, dłęcłędłę en dłęcembre 2007. Le programme comprend notamment AVE, une ëýuvre pour flł¬te et cor de basset que Chlołę Labbłę et Franł▀ois Duval offraient lĺ─˘automne dernier en premił«re nord-amłęricaine. Les deux musiciens ont d'ailleurs pris part łŢ des stages de perfectionnement auprł«s du compositeur, et leur participation remarqułęe a łętłę soulignłęe par l'obtention d'une bourse. Ce concert sera prłęcłędłę dĺ─˘une causerie animłęe par la flł¬tiste Lise Daoust qui a travaillłę pendant plus de 15 ans avec le compositeur.

Le vendredi 15 aoł¬t, łŢ lĺ─˘occasion du centił«me anniversaire de naissance dĺ─˘Olivier Messiaen, Louise Bessette, musicienne chevronnłęe et pianiste de haute voltige, offrira des extraits des Vingt Regards sur lĺ─˘Enfant-Jłęsus, une ëýuvre qui lui a valu dĺ─˘łütre reconnue comme lĺ─˘une des plus grandes interprł«tes du compositeur. Intitulłęe Carillons łęternels, la premił«re partie rłęunira des musiques d'Arcuri, Debussy, Grieg, Lecuona, Liszt, Messiaen et Ravel, une invitation łŢ se laisser emporter par le charme et les łęchos des campaniles.

Musique de chambre

De toutes les słęries du Festival, celle qui reflł«te le plus lĺ─˘esprit et lĺ─˘atmosphł«re qui rł«gne depuis 30 ans au Domaine Forget, cĺ─˘est sans contredit La Musique de chambre. Ces concerts sont lĺ─˘occasion pour des artistes invitłęs et des płędagogues de lĺ─˘Acadłęmie de musique et de danse de se rłęunir sur scł«ne, dĺ─˘łęchanger, dĺ─˘explorer, et de partager avec le public leur vive passion pour la musique de chambre et les chefs-dĺ─˘ëýuvre du rłępertoire.

Le mercredi 2 juillet, le Festival accueillera deux de nos plus talentueux jeunes musiciens, le violoniste Alexandre Da Costa et le pianiste Wonny Song. En plus dĺ─˘interprłęter deux cłęlł«bres ëýuvres du rłępertoire, la Sonate en fa majeur Č┤ Printemps Ȭ de Beethoven et la Sonate en rłę mineur, opus 108 de Brahms, le duo fera une incursion dans la musique de film avec la non moins cłęlł«bre suite La Liste de Schindler de John Williams.

Le violoncelle łŢ lĺ─˘honneur
Le concert du vendredi 25 juillet comblera de bonheur les amoureux du violoncelle alors que Philippe Muller, un fidł«le collaborateur depuis 1980, Paul Marleyn, Johanne Perron et Ryan Molzan, tous professeurs łŢ lĺ─˘Acadłęmie de musique et de danse, offriront une version pour ensemble de violoncelles du Kol Nidrei de Bruch. Le violoncelliste Philippe Muller et le pianiste Pascal Rogłę interprłęteront ensuite lĺ─˘łęmouvante Sonate Č┤ Arppegione Ȭ de Schubert. Le violoniste Rłęgis Pasquier, lĺ─˘altiste James Dunham et le violoncelliste Philippe Muller se joindront au pianiste Pascal Rogłę pour clore le concert avec le Quatuor pour piano et cordes, opus 25 de Brahms.

De Ravel au jazz en passant par le tango !
Le samedi 26 juillet, le violoniste Rłęgis Pasquier sera de retour en compagnie de collł«gues de lĺ─˘Acadłęmie de musique et de danse, les violonistes Mark Fewer, Jonathan Swartz, Yehonatan Berick, les altistes James Dunham et Jean-Luc Plourde, les violoncellistes Johanne Perron et Ryan Molzan et le contrebassiste Ali Yazdanfar, auxquels se joindra le pianiste Pascal Rogłę, pour offrir un programme łęclectique łŢ souhait. Aprł«s la Sonate pour deux violons de Miklłäs Rłäzsa et la Sonate pour violon et piano en solo majeur de Ravel, le public dłęcouvrira Last Round dĺ─˘Osvaldo Golijov, une ëýuvre pour deux quatuors łŢ cordes et une contrebasse, inspirłęe dĺ─˘Astor Piazzolla, du bandonłęon et du tango argentin. La soirłęe se terminera avec la rencontre inłędite entre le violoniste Rłęgis Pasquier et le pianiste Oliver Jones autour des grands classiques du jazz.

Le vendredi 8 aoł¬t, le violoniste Jonathan Crow partagera la scł«ne avec les violonistes Claude Richard et Gwen Thompson, lĺ─˘altiste Peter Slowik, les violoncellistes Matt Haimovitz et Blair Lofgren et le pianiste Jean Marchand. Matt Haimovitz ouvrira le concert avec Cł«dres en voiles (Thrł«ne pour le Liban) de Gilles Tremblay. Le Deuxił«me trio pour piano et cordes, opus 87 de Brahms et le Quintette pour piano et cordes en rłę mineur, H. 49 de Bridge complł«tent le programme.

La słęrie se terminera le samedi 9 aoł¬t avec les dłębuts du Quatuor łŢ cordes de Moscou qui cłęlł«bre ses 30 ans de carrił«re. Lĺ─˘idłęe de former un quatuor est nłęe de lĺ─˘enthousiasme des quatre musiciennes pour le Quatuor Borodine, un ensemble avec qui elles ont par la suite eu le bonheur de collaborer. Lĺ─˘ensemble fera honneur łŢ la plus pure tradition russe en offrant des ëýuvres de Chostakovitch, Tchałěkovski de młüme que le Deuxił«me quatuor łŢ cordes de Borodine dont le mouvement lent est lĺ─˘une des pages les plus cłęlł«bres du rłępertoire.

Folklore du monde et musique ancienne

Le mercredi 25 juin, lĺ─˘ambiance sera łŢ la fłüte alors que lĺ─˘ensemble Budowitz, fera dłęcouvrir la musique des Klezmorim, ces balladins juifs ashkłęnazes qui, au XIXe sił«cle, dłęambulaient dĺ─˘une fłüte łŢ lĺ─˘autre en Lithuanie, en Hongrie, en Pologne et en Roumanie. Joułęe sur des instruments dĺ─˘łępoque, le violon, le violoncelle, la clarinette, lĺ─˘accordłęon et le cymbalum, leur musique exprime lĺ─˘łóme du peuple juif dĺ─˘Europe centrale. Le mercredi 23 juillet, le flł¬tiste Matthias Maute et lĺ─˘Ensemble Caprice offriront Vivaldi, la Follia et les gitans, un fougueux młęlange de concertos pour flł¬tes du grand prłütre roux et de musique gitane du XVIIIe sił«cle.

Lĺ─˘amour, toujours lĺ─˘amourĺ─Â
Le mercredi 30 juillet, place łŢ lĺ─˘Ensemble Constantinople, łŢ la chanteuse franco-marocaine Franł▀oise Atlan et łŢ Ay !! Amorĺ─Â, une incursion dans lĺ─˘univers des Chants dĺ─˘amour et des Chants de femmes, puisłęs dans les traditions persanes, judłęo-espagnole, ibłęrique et trouvł«re franł▀aise. La voix chaude de Franł▀oise Atlan, une des grandes voix de la Młęditerranłęe, sĺ─˘unira magnifiquement aux improvisations et calligraphies musicales de lĺ─˘Ensemble Constantinople.

Concerts jazz Industrielle Alliance

Les amateurs de jazz seront heureux dĺ─˘apprendre que 5 soirłęes plutłąt que 4 seront cette saison consacrłęes au jazz. Lĺ─˘engouement pour le jazz au Domaine Forget se traduit łęgalement par la renaissance du stage de jazz instrumental de lĺ─˘Acadłęmie de musique et de danse.

Irrłęsistible Stacey Kent !
Le coup dĺ─˘envoi de la słęrie sera donnłę le jeudi 26 juin alors que le Festival accueillera pour la premił«re fois, Stacey Kent, lĺ─˘une des chanteuses les plus en vue sur la scł«ne jazz internationale. Reconnue pour sa voix douce et caressante, cette romantique dans lĺ─˘łóme offrira des extraits de son premier album sous łętiquette Blue Note, Breakfast On The Morning Tram, sur lequel figurent des chansons originales łęcrites pour la chanteuse par le saxophoniste Jim Tomlinson sur des textes du romancier Kazuo Ishiguro, des classiques de jazz et des chansons franł▀aises.

Aprł«s des dłębuts retentissants la saison dernił«re, le pianiste Michael Kaeshammer sera de retour le jeudi 24 juillet pour le plus grand plaisir des amateurs. Reconnu pour son incroyable virtuositłę et sa passion pour le boogie-woogie, il dłęvoilera, en compagnie de son trio, une autre facette de sa personnalitłę musicale en interprłętant quelques-unes de ses compositions, des chansons originales tirłęes de son nouvel album, Days like these, un młęlange de boogie-woogie, de blues et de funk.

Le vendredi 22 aoł¬t, les amateurs seront heureux de retrouver le trompettiste Tiger Okoshi qui reviendra en compagnie de ses fidł«les complices, la pianiste Lorraine Desmarais, le contrebassiste Michel Donato et le batteur Camil Belisle. Tous professeurs de lĺ─˘Acadłęmie, ils se feront un plaisir de partager la scł«ne avec des łętudiants inscrits au nouveau stage de jazz. Enfin, le samedi 30 aoł¬t, le public se laissera assurłęment charmer par le chanteur canadien Denzal Sinclaire, lĺ─˘un des chanteurs prłęfłęrłęs de Diana Krall, dont le timbre rappelle celui des lłęgendaires Nat King Cole et Johny Hartman. Il offrira des extraits de My one and only love, un album renfermant quelques-unes des plus belles chansons dĺ─˘amour du rłępertoire.

Hors słęrie : Concert błęnłęfice pour le fonds de bourse Jacqueline et Paul Desmarais
Le vendredi 18 juillet, le Festival accueillera la sensation qułębłęcoise, Nikki Yanofsky, łógłęe de 14 ans seulement, qui, en 2007, prłęsentait quatre soirłęes łŢ guichet fermłę au Festival international de jazz de Montrłęal, soulevant la foule grłóce łŢ son scat prodigieux et sa maturitłę musicale hors du commun. En compagnie dĺ─˘un orchestre de dix musiciens, elle prłęsentera le spectacle Ellaĺ─Âof Thee I Swing, un vibrant hommage łŢ son idole, Ella Fitzgerald.

Place łŢ la danse !

Cette saison, dans le cadre de la słęrie Le Domaine danse, le Festival prłęsentera les plus rłęcentes crłęations des deux compagnies de danse qułębłęcoises. Dĺ─˘abord, le vendredi 11 juillet, le public dłęcouvrira ezDanza, une compagnie qui sĺ─˘inspire de lĺ─˘hłęritage culturel mexicain de son chorłęgraphe et directeur artistique, Edgar Zendejas et dont le vocabulaire contemporain puise dans la rigueur du ballet classique. Quatre pił«ces sont au programme dont Gardez lĺ─˘eau, une nouvelle crłęation teintłęe dĺ─˘humour invitant łŢ la paix, łŢ lĺ─˘łęgalitłę et łŢ la tolłęrance.

Le mercredi 6 aoł¬t, la compagnie de danse Cas public prłęsentera le nouvel opus de sa directrice et chorłęgraphe Hłęlł«ne Blackburn, Suites cruelles, qui rłęunit neuf danseurs et deux pianistes, Matthieu Fortin et Laurier Rajotte. Dans cette ëýuvre dĺ─˘une grande virtuositłę, la chorłęgraphe se questionne sur le prix vłęritable de nos plaisirs en sĺ─˘inspirant dĺ─˘une question posłęe par Nietzsche: Č┤ Et si plaisir et dłęplaisir łętaient liłęs par un lien tel que pour avoir le plus possible de lĺ─˘un on doive avoir le plus possible de lĺ─˘autreĺ─ Ȭ

Brunches-musique et Fłüte champłütre

Une dłęlicieuse fał▀on de dłęcouvrir le Domaine Forget
Les brunches-musique sont offerts tous les dimanches de lĺ─˘łętłę, du 15 juin au 31 aoł¬t dans le nouveau pavillon du Domaine Forget. Abondamment fenłütrłę et dotłę dĺ─˘une terrasse exceptionnelle, le pavillon peut accueillir jusquĺ─˘łŢ 225 convives, beau temps, mauvais temps. Un savoureux buffet, des musiciens fascinants et une vue imprenable sur le fleuve Saint-Laurent composent le menu de ces 12 repas champłütres.

On se fait tout un cirque avec LaTourelle Orkestra !
Le dimanche 20 juillet, łŢ lĺ─˘occasion de la fłüte champłütre annuelle, le public est invitłę łŢ venir pique-niquer sur le vaste site du Domaine Forget, dł«s 11 h 30, et łŢ participer łŢ une foule dĺ─˘activitłęs circassiennes et musicales destinłęes łŢ tous les enfants, de 7 łŢ 77 ans. Lĺ─˘ensemble LaTourelle Orkestra ajoutera la touche finale en transportant le public dans un tourbillon de rythmes folkloriques dĺ─˘Europe de lĺ─˘Est, de musiques nomades et de jazz manouche.

Les concerts et cours de małĂtre
de lĺ─˘Acadłęmie de musique et de danse

Fondłę en 1978, le Domaine Forget doit sa crłęation łŢ Franł▀oys Bernier, musicien, chef dĺ─˘orchestre et homme de vision qui rłüvait dĺ─˘un lieu dĺ─˘łęchanges, de rencontres et de perfectionnement pouvant accueillir, pendant la saison estivale, des jeunes musiciens et danseurs dłęsireux de błęnłęficier de lĺ─˘enseignement de musiciens et płędagogues chevronnłęs. Aujourdĺ─˘hui, lĺ─˘Acadłęmie de musique et de danse reł▀oit quelque 600 stagiaires et 120 professeurs chaque łętłę, faisant de cette institution lĺ─˘une des plus importantes acadłęmies dĺ─˘łętłę au Canada.

Activitłęs gratuites
De 3 juin au 31 aoł¬t, 13 cours de małĂtres seront ouverts au public, permettant de voir łŢ lĺ─˘ëýuvre quelques-uns des rłęputłęs płędagogues de lĺ─˘Acadłęmie, les violonistes Rłęgis Pasquier, Mark Fewer et Jonathan Swartz, lĺ─˘altiste Atar Arad, les violoncellistes Philippe Muller et Timothy Eddy, le contrebassiste Paul Ellison, les trompettistes James Thompson et Tiger Okoshi, le tromboniste Alain Trudel, le flł¬tiste Michel Debost, le bassoniste Gustavo Nuł▒ez, le guitariste Judicał┤l Perroy et le chanteur jazz Denzal Sinclaire. De plus, le public est conviłę aux 11 concerts dĺ─˘łętudiants prłęsentłęs au terme des stages de cuivres, de bois, de guitare, de cordes, de chëýur et de jazz vocal.

Abonnement et Słęries du Domaine

Lĺ─˘Abonnement au Festival consiste en 10 billets de concert au choix ou 8 billets de concert et 2 billets pour les brunches-musique du dimanche. Offert au prix de 265 $ (taxes incluses), lĺ─˘abonnement vous permet dĺ─˘łęconomiser 15 łŢ 30 % sur le prix rłęgulier et de profiter des meilleurs choix de sił«ges disponibles pour les concerts du Festival prłęsentłęs du 21 juin au 31 aoł¬t.

Les młęlomanes ont aussi la possibilitłę de sĺ─˘abonner łŢ lĺ─˘une ou lĺ─˘autre des Słęries du Domaine, une autre fał▀on dĺ─˘łęconomiser jusquĺ─˘łŢ 15 % sur le prix des billets et de sĺ─˘assurer de bons sił«ges pour chacun des concerts. Les słęries offertes sont Les Grands concerts, Le Domaine Danse, Les Concerts jazz Industrielle Alliance, Festival Extrłüme, qui permet dĺ─˘assister łŢ trois concerts en une semaine (mardi au samedi), et cette saison, la słęrie du 30e anniversaire, qui inclut les concerts de musique de chambre des 17, 25 et 26 juillet et du 8 aoł¬t.

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Le Domaine Forget tient łŢ remercier chaleureusement les commanditaires majeurs et les partenaires privilłęgiłęs qui rendent possible la prłęsentation de la saison 2008. Nous remercions M. Michel Guimond, dłęputłę fłędłęral de Charlevoix, Mme Pauline Marois, dłęputłęe de Charlevoix łŢ lĺ─˘Assemblłęe nationale, Hydro-Qułębec, Power Corporation du Canada, Fondation J. A. de Sł«ve, Loto-Qułębec, Casino de Charlevoix, Industrielle Alliance, Consulat głęnłęral de France łŢ Qułębec, Galaxie, Bell, BPR, Caisses Desjardins de Charlevoix, Financił«re Sun Life, GlaxoSmithKline, Groupe Germain, Joseph Ribkoff, Provigo, Restaurant Mikes, Młętro, Alcoa, Bilodeau Immobilier, BMO Banque de Montrłęal, Les Brasseurs RJ, Caisse dĺ─˘łęconomie Solidaire Desjardins, Lavery de Billy, Pictet Canada, Restaurant Le Traditionnel Bagel Maguire, Samson Błęlair Deloitte & Touche, Olymel, Stein Monast, Gentec, Radio-Canada Tłęlłęvision, RDI, Consulat głęnłęral dĺ─˘Allemagne, Consulat głęnłęral dĺ─˘Espagne, Dufour Pontiac Chevrolet/Location Discount, Tourisme Charlevoix, Conservatoire de musique de Qułębec, Universitłę Laval, Grand Thłęłótre de Qułębec, Municipalitłę de Saint-Irłęnłęe, Guilde des musiciens du Qułębec, Hebdo Charlevoisien, TVC-VM, ainsi que PianoPlus Michel Pedneau, Rłęseau Admission et Zoom Młędia.

Le Domaine Forget tient aussi łŢ souligner lĺ─˘apport essentiel du Patrimoine canadien, du Conseil des Arts du Canada, du ministł«re de la Culture et des Communications et de la Condition fłęminine, du Conseil des arts et des lettres du Qułębec, de Tourisme Qułębec, du ministł«re des Relations internationales du Qułębec, de la Confłęrence Rłęgionale des łÔlus de la Capitale-Nationale ainsi que dĺ─˘Espace Musique, la radio musicale de Radio-Canada et diffuseur officiel du Festival International du Domaine Forget, qui contribue au rayonnement par lĺ─˘enregistrement et la diffusion de concerts.


Bernard Labadie Conducts the Classic Landmark Masters featuring Soprano Allyson McHardy- May 3 (8PM) & 4 (2PM)

Edmonton, AB ĺ─Â A weekend of classical elegance and melody awaits, as Bernard Labadie makes a welcome return on the ESO podium. Hailed for his "full-bodied" and "strongly dramatic" interpretations that manage "to preserve a sense of transparency" (Toronto Star), Bernard Labadie has established himself as one of the leading conductors of the Baroque and Classical repertoire.

He leads the ESO in two great symphonies, Schubert's Fifth and Haydn's "Military," as well as some treasured Mozart vocal works, sung by rising Canadian mezzo-soprano Allyson McHardy, who has been called "a singer of enormous imagination and versatility," by the San Francisco Chronicle. The performance also includes concert and opera arias and features Edmonton pianist Michael Massey for Mozart's Ch'io mi scorid di te?... Non temer, amato bene.

Ticket prices for this performance range from $36 to $53 (agency fees apply). Tickets are available through the Winspear Centre Box Office. Saturday evening's 7:15pm Symphony Prelude features Edmonton Mezzo-Soprano Michelle Milenkovic.


The next performance of The Masters takes place on May 23rd and 24th with Conductor David Atherton and Pianist Anton Kuerti.

Saturday, May 3rd is generously sponsored by Classic Landmarks Master Builder

Media Sponsors: CKUA Radio Network and the Edmonton Journal

Hotel Sponsor: The Westin Hotel Edmonton

Winspear Centre Box Office:

(780)428-1414 or 1-800-563-5081

#4 Winston Churchill Square


Bernard Labadie completed most of his musical training in his native Qułębec City at the School of Music of Laval University as well as the conservatories of Quebec and Montreal.

Much of Labadie's unique reputation is the result of his work with Les Violons du Roy and La Chapelle de Qułębec, which he founded in 1984 and 1985, respectively, and continues to lead as music director to this day. With the two ensembles he regularly tours Canada, the U.S., and Europe. Passionate about opera, Bernard Labadie was Artistic Director of L'Opłęra de Montrłęal through the end of the 2005/06 season. Between 1994 and 2003, Labadie was also Artistic and Music Director of L'Opłęra de Qułębec. He embraces the entire Baroque, Classical and Romantic opera repertoire.

Equally at home on the concert stage, Labadie has become a sought-after guest conductor with the major orchestras. Ever since his triumphant debut with the Minnesota Orchestra in 1999, he has conducted the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestras, as well as symphonies including the symphonies of San Francisco, Atlanta, Seattle, Toronto, and Vancouver. 2007-08 is another season full of noteworthy appearances with such top orchestras as the St. Louis Symphony, and the Houston Symphony. His extensive discography includes many recordings on the Dorian label. Other recordings feature his own arrangements of J.S. Bach's Goldberg Variations and The Art of Fugue, among others. He also appears regularly on radio and television broadcasts on the CBC/Radio-Canada network.

For his achievements, the Canadian government honored him with the appointment as "Officer of the Order of Canada" in 2005 and Quebec made him a "Chevalier de l'Ordre National du Qułębec" in 2006.

Striking mezzo-soprano Allyson McHardy made her debut with New York City Opera as Marquise Melibea in Rossini's Il Viaggio a Reims. Recent concert engagements have included Messiah for the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Elijah in Montrłęal, Les nuits d'łętłę in Bielefeld, Germany and Alexander Nevsky for Orchestra London. Ms. McHardy will appear with the Toronto Symphony in Messiah. In Toulouse, she appears as Phł«dre in a rare staging of Hippolyte et Aricie. Minnesota Opera patrons hear her in May of 2009 as Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, and she returns to Vancouver Opera for a reprise of Olga in Eugene Onegin.

Born in Oshawa, Ontario, she studied voice at Wilfrid Laurier University, earning an Honours Bachelor of Music Degree in Performance and an Opera Diploma. She is an alumna of the Merola Programme at the San Francisco Opera the Ensemble Studio of the Canadian Opera Company. This is Ms. McHardy's official debut with the ESO, however she has sung several roles for Edmonton Opera, with the ESO performing, most recently as Mallika in Lakmłę in October 2004.

Michael Massey was born in England and emigrated to Canada in 1957. Studies at the University of Alberta earned him a Bachelor of Music degree and the gold medal in piano performance of the Western Board of Music. Following his graduation he spent two years studying at the Geneva Conservatory where he was unanimously awarded the "Premier Prix de Virtuositłę." Mr. Massey has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout Canada, England and Scotland. He has been the orchestral pianist with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra for over 25 years. Since 1977, he has been Music Director of the Edmonton Youth Orchestra program. In 1988 and 1996 Mr. Massey wrote and published The Canadian Repertoire Manual, a source book and analysis of Canadian music suitable for youth orchestras. In 2002, for his contribution to the cultural life of the city, Mr. Massey was inducted into the Edmonton Cultural Hall of Fame as an Artistĺ─ýBuilder and also received the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal.

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Monterey Jazz Festival Announces Members Of The 2008 Next Generation Jazz Orchestra

21 High School Musicians From 11 States Comprise

MJF's Renowned National Big Band

NGJO Performs At North Sea Jazz Festival

In Rotterdam, The Netherlands, July 9 - 11

NGJO Performs At Berklee College of Music, July 15

Next Generation Composition Competition Winner, Sean Richey, Debuts

ĺ─˙40 Days And 40 Nightsĺ─¨ At 51st Monterey Jazz Festival, September 21, 2008

April 22, 2008; Monterey, California; The Monterey Jazz Festival is proud to announce members of the 2008 Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, the Festival's internationally-renowned high school all-star big band. Created as a part of the Monterey Jazz Festival's continuing commitment to jazz education, the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra includes the most talented high school jazz students from all regions of the United States.

The Next Generation Jazz Orchestra (formerly known as the MJF High School All-Star Big Band from 1971-2004) nurtures the future generation of jazz stars through a program that selects the best and brightest high school jazz musicians in the country. In 2008, the twenty-one-piece jazz orchestra features members selected from eighteen high schools from the four corners of the country, including California, Connecticut, Illinois, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Nevada, North Carolina, Oregon, and Washington. Eleven states have contributed members this year in an unprecedented cross-section of the best high school jazz programs in the country.

As in the past, these students will speak for their generation as loudly and clearly as their predecessors, which include pianists Benny Green and Patrice Rushen, bassist Larry Grenadier, drummer Chad Wackerman, and saxophonists Joshua Redman and Dave Koz, to name a few. A list of members of the 2008 NGJO appears at the end of this press release and is available on the Monterey Jazz Festival website,

Under the direction of Mr. Paul Contos, the renowned saxophonist and flautist who serves as the director of the Orchestra, the ensemble is dedicated to the study and performance of the most challenging big band literature available.

"The Next Generation Jazz Orchestra for 2008 will once again be the superlative collection of advanced high school jazz musicians in the United States, demonstrating their skill and musical prowess by performing repertoire of the most innovative and carefully crafted arrangements and compositions currently written for jazz orchestra,ĺ─¨ said Paul Contos, Director of the NGJO. ĺ─˙The members represent eleven states and will be showcasing a variety of jazz styles and key soloists within the ensemble. These players have already garnered reputations as highly skilled and prominent voices for the future of jazz.ĺ─¨

The Next Generation Jazz Orchestra will embark on its annual summer tour, starting with rehearsals at the Berklee College of Music in Boston on July 5 followed by passage to the 33rd Annual North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, on July 7. While in Rotterdam they will perform three times, returning to Boston on July 13. The NGJO will then record an album at the Berklee College of Music and perform a special concert for students in the schoolĺ─˘s prestigious Five-Week Summer Performance Program on July 15.

Culminating their tenure in the band, the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra will perform with saxophonist Maceo Parker at the 51st Monterey Jazz Festival Presented by Verizon on September 20th on the Arena/Jimmy Lyons Stage, and with bassist and 2008 MJF Artist-In-Residence, Christian McBride, on the Arena/Jimmy Lyons Stage on September 21.

Members of the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra were selected through a rigorous audition process that included review by a national panel of judges comprised of professional jazz musician/educators. The Monterey Jazz Festival invited interested students to audition for the NGJO via video tape or in person, during MJF's 4th Annual Next Generation Festival, held April 3 - 6 in downtown Monterey.

ĺ─˙I am really pleased with the substantial increase in the number of applicants for the NGJO this year both in the video and live auditions,ĺ─¨ said Dr. Rob Klevan, Education Director for the Monterey Jazz Festival and Next Generation Festival. ĺ─˙I guess you could say that the good word about this band is out! According to our judges, the level of talent applying for this prestigious ensemble was just plain exceptional. I look forward to hearing this outstanding group of individuals perform both this summer and at the MJF next September!ĺ─¨

In 2008, there are seven returning members of the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra: trombonists Stephen Szabadi and Javier Nero; saxophonists John Palowitch, Adam Larson and Owen Broder; and trumpeters Kevin Early and Nick Frenay. John Palowitch of Pleasanton, California is the only three-time member of the NGJO this year and has performed at the Umbria Jazz Festival in Perugia, Italy; the International Music Festival in Dubrovnik, Croatia; the Hilton in Paris, France; New York Cityĺ─˘s Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Jazz Standard and Sweet Rhythm as well as on the Arena/Jimmy Lyons stage of Montereyĺ─˘s 49th, 50th and 51st Festivals.

The Monterey Jazz Festival is also proud to announce the winner of the Next Generation Festival's prestigious Big Band Composition Competition, Sean Richey. Mr. Richey is a senior at Buchanan High School in Clovis, California and plays guitar with the Buchanan High School Big Band. The winning composition, "40 Days and 40 Nights," will be given its MJF premiere on the Arena/Lyons Stage of the Monterey Jazz Festival by the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra on Sunday, September 21. Mr. Richey will also receive a $1000 prize and new music writing software from Sibelius.

Honorable Mention for the Composition Competition is shared by guitarist Arian Shafiee, from Skyline High School in Oakland, California for "Geisha," and trumpeter Aaron Bahr, a senior at Campolindo High School in Moraga, California for "Circular Logic."

Major funding for the Monterey Jazz Festivalĺ─˘s Education Programs comes from a three-year grant from the Surdna Foundation, supporting the Next Generation Festival and the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra's international tours. The Surdna Foundationĺ─˘s Arts Program is national in scope and supports the artistic advancement of teens, ages 12-18.

For more information about the NGJO, please visit

The 2008 Next Generation Jazz Orchestra
Director - Mr. Paul Contos


John Palowitch - alto***

Hailey Niswanger ĺ─ý alto

Adam Larson - tenor**

Chad Lefkowitz-Brown - tenor

Owen Broder - baritone**


John Egizi

Javier Nero**

Stephen Szabadi**

Natalie Cressman

Emmanuel Rojas (bass)


Blake Martin

Kevin Early**

Gabe Medd

Nick Frenay**

Noah Hocker


Emmet Cohen ĺ─ý piano

Mike Gurrola ĺ─ý bass

Armand Hirsch - guitar

Jimmy Macbride - drums

Daniel Nadeau - drums

Richard Saunders - vocals

Amador Valley High School, Pleasanton, CA

Pacific Crest Community School, Portland, OR

University High School, Normal, IL

Horseheads High School, Horseheads, NY

North Carolina School of the Arts, Winston-Salem, NC

Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, Los Angeles, CA

Evergreen High School, Vancouver, WA

Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, Los Angeles, CA

San Francisco School of the Arts, San Francisco, CA

Warren High School, Downey, CA

Evergreen High School, Vancouver, WA

Las Vegas Academy, Las Vegas, NV

Iowa City West High School, Iowa City, IA

Manlius Pebble Hill School, DeWitt, NY

Arts & Communication Magnet Academy, Beaverton, OR

Montclair High School, Montclair, NJ

Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, Los Angeles, CA

Trevor Day School, New York, NY

Hall High School, West Hartford, CT

Wayland High School, Wayland, MA

Simsbury High School, Simsbury, CT

** 2-time member of NGJO

*** 3-time member of NGJO


For interview opportunities, information about MJFĺ─˘s education programs

and high-resolution photographs, please contact:

Timothy Orr

Marketing Associate

Monterey Jazz Festival
Direct Line: 510-652-1122

MJF Phone: 831-373-3366 X252

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Le coup d'envoi est donnłę!

Le coup d'envoi est donnłę!

Montrłęal, le 22 avril 2008 ĺ─ý Cĺ─˘est devant le 770, rue Sherbrooke Ouest, en prłęsence du premier ministre du Qułębec, monsieur Jean Charest, quĺ─˘Anik Bissonnette, marraine de lĺ─˘łęvłęnement, et la chorłęgraphe Marie Chouinard, auteure de la Trace chorłęgraphique peinte devant le bureau du Conseil exłęcutif, accompagnłęes dĺ─˘un groupe dĺ─˘enfants, ont donnłę le coup dĺ─˘envoi de la quatrił«me łędition de Pas de danse, pas de vie!. Lĺ─˘łęvłęnement annuel convie les montrłęalais łŢ six jours dĺ─˘activitłęs de danse gratuites, coordonnłę par le Regroupement qułębłęcois de la danse et portłę fił«rement par plus de deux cent cinquante professionnels de la danse.

Depuis le bureau du premier ministre łŢ Montrłęal jusque dans les cours de plusieurs łęcoles primaires et secondaires du Qułębec, la Trace de Marie Chouinard sera reproduite par des enseignants de danse et leurs łęlł«ves, łŢ qui cette Trace est tout particulił«rement dłędiłęe. Dans les prochains jours, vingt-cinq autres Traces, signłęes par autant de chorłęgraphes qułębłęcois, feront leur apparition sur les trottoirs de Montrłęal. Ces słęquences de pas, sous les pieds des passants, empruntent un parcours ciblłę, rappelant ainsi que le plaisir des arts, et de la danse en particulier, crołĂt avec lĺ─˘usage. Ont łętłę retenus comme destinataires privilłęgiłęs de ce message dĺ─˘intłęrłüt public : le Conseil du Trłęsor, le ministł«re des Finances, le ministł«re de lĺ─˘Education, du Loisir et du Sport, le ministł«re de la Culture, des Communications et de la Condition fłęminine, les trois Commissions scolaires de lĺ─˘łĂle de Montrłęal, la Fłędłęration nationale des enseignants et des enseignantes du Qułębec, lĺ─˘Alliance des professeures et des professeurs de Montrłęal, lĺ─˘Hłątel de ville de Montrłęal, parmi dĺ─˘autres institutions dłędiłęes aux arts et łŢ la danse en particulier.

Du 22 avril au 27 avril prochain, łŢ lĺ─˘enseigne du plaisir fait danse, Pas de danse, pas de vie! 2008 offre plus dĺ─˘une centaine dĺ─˘activitłęs, dont des cours de danse, des ateliers de dłęmonstration, des portes ouvertes, et un super SquatDanse, le 27 avril łŢ la Place des Arts, entre 11 h et 16 h 30, alors que la communautłę de la danse prend dĺ─˘assaut le Thłęłótre Maisonneuve et ses dłępendances, en complicitłę avec le tout public. En ouverture łŢ ce parcours inusitłę, auquel un fort contingent dĺ─˘artistes de la relł«ve donne le ton, Anik Bissonnette accueille le public sur la scł«ne du Thłęłótre Maisonneuve, en compagnie de grands noms de la danse łŢ Montrłęal. De retour sur la scł«ne du Thłęłótre Maisonneuve, en fin de journłęe, le public et les artistes sont conviłęs łŢ une dernił«re danse contemporaine en ligne, sous la direction dĺ─˘Hłęlł«ne Blackburn et de Simon Ampleman.

Pour ne rien manquer, il faut consulter le site de Pas de danse, pas de vie! 2008, au, ainsi que le dłępliant de lĺ─˘łęvłęnement distribułę dans plusieurs lieux culturels.

Ailleurs au Qułębec, des groupes de professionnels de la danse, sous la bannił«re Pas de danse, pas de vie!, marquent łŢ leur fał▀on la Journłęe internationale de la danse. Dans plusieurs villes du Qułębec, et młüme łŢ Vancouver, plusieurs Traces chorłęgraphiques, tirłęes du rłępertoire du RQD, invitent les citoyens łŢ faire quelques pas de danse, quelques pas de vie, parmi bien dĺ─˘autres activitłęs de danse.

Le Regroupement qułębłęcois de la danse
Fondłę en 1984, le Regroupement qułębłęcois de la danse (RQD) compte plus de 500 membres professionnels de la danse (interprł«tes, enseignants, chorłęgraphes, compagnies, diffuseurs, łęcoles professionnelles, chercheurs). Il est fier de souligner la participation exceptionnelle des artistes de la danse łŢ cette nouvelle łędition de Pas de danse, pas de vie! et remercie tous ses partenaires, en particulier la Place des Arts.

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Premier ministre, Anik Bissonnette et Marie Chouinard

Le premier ministre du Qułębec, monsieur Jean Charest, en compagnie d'Anik Bissonnette, marraine de Pas de danse, pas de vie!, et de la chorłęgraphe Marie Chouinard, auteure de la Trace chorłęgraphique peinte devant le bureau du Conseil exłęcutif. Photo: Sylvain Lłęgarłę

Laura et Sandrine

Laura Kienzle et Sandrine Bissonnette-Robitaille en improvisation sur la Trace chorłęgraphique. Photo: Sylvain Lłęgarłę


Sean Lafortune sur les mains et sous les regards attentifs d'autres jeunes: Thłęodore Chouinard-Pellerin, Laura Kienzle, Michael Jacques, Sandrine Bissonnette-Robitaille et Ziroil Aliou.
Photo: Sylvain Lłęgarłę

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L'ORCHESTRE DE CHAMBRE McGILL prłęsente Le Quatuor łŢ cordes Escher dans leur dłębut montrłęalais

MONTRłÔAL Č˝ le 21 avril 2008

Communiqułę de presse



Le Quatuor łŢ cordes Escher

Dans leur dłębut montrłęalais

Č┤ Bons baisers de Vienne Ȭ

Invitłę par l'OCM, le renommłę Quatuor łŢ cordes Escher se produira le lundi 5 mai 2008 łŢ 19 h 30 łŢ la salle Pollack.

Les membres du Quatuor sont : Adam Barnett-Hart (violon); Wu Jie (violon); Pierre Lapointe (alto); Andrew Janss (violoncelle)

Le jeune Quatuor łŢ cordes Escher a rapidement acquis une rłęputation de calibre mondial. Leur sonoritłę individuelle, leurs dłęcisions artistiques inspirłęes et la cohłęsion unique du jeune ensemble ont immłędiatement conquis Pinchas Zukerman et Itzhak Perlman, qui tous deux invitł«rent le Quatuor Escher a devenir quatuor en rłęsidence łŢ leur festival estival respectif. Le Quatuor łŢ cordes Escher prend son nom du graphiste hollandais M. C. Escher, reconnu pour sa młęthode de lier des composantes individuelles pour former un tout.

Le Quatuor fera ses dłębuts montrłęalais lors de ce concert, bien que deux de ses membres connaissent bien Montrłęal.

En 2004, l'altiste canadien Pierre Lapointe a reł▀u un prix de la lieutenante-gouverneure du Qułębec pour son travail au Conservatoire de musique de Gatineau. Avant cette distinction, l'Universitłę d'Ottawa lui avait dłęcernłę une młędaille d'or pour son diplłąme de premier cycle en composition et interprłętation.

La violoniste Wu Jie est arrivłęe łŢ Montrłęal łŢ l'łóge de 16 ans et a łętudiłę auprł«s de Yuli et Eleanora Turovsky pendant deux ans avant de dłęmłęnager łŢ New York. Elle a acquis ses lettres de noblesse sur la scł«ne musicale internationale tant comme soliste que chambriste. Pinchas Zukerman, avec lequel elle a łętudiłę, a łęcrit que : Č┤ son talent est un cadeau pour nous tous Ȭ.

En 1999, Wu Jie recevait le Premier Prix au Deuxił«me Concours international de violon d'Orford łŢ la suite de son interprłętation łępoustouflante du concerto pour violon de Barber, diffusłęe łŢ la grandeur de la province de Qułębec. Grłóce łŢ cette victoire, elle a łętłę invitłęe łŢ jouer avec l'Orchestre du CNA, I Musici de Montrłęal, l'orchestre de l'łęcole FACE, ainsi qu'en tournłęe avec l'orchestre symphonique du Conservatoire de musique de Shanghai, et en rłęcital łŢ Montrłęal, Ottawa, Shanghai et New York.

Voici le programme de la soirłęe :

Alexander von ZEMLINSKY Quatuor łŢ cordes no 4, op. 25 (Suite)

Alexander von Zemlinsky a composłę son Quatuor łŢ cordes, opus 25 pendant l'łętłę de 1936, bien qu'il a fallu attendre 1967 avant la premił«re. Un hommage łŢ son ami Alban Berg, dłęcłędłę la veille de Noł┤l 1935, Zemlinsky considłęrait cette pił«ce comme une Suite. ł─ l'instar de la Suite lyrique de Berg, la Suite de Zemlinsky est en six parties, et construite en trois Č┤ actes Ȭ partageant un młüme matłęriau thłęmatique et une structure qui opposent et font contraster les mouvements lents et rapides. L'Č˙uvre est en outre la parfaire illustration de l'łętonnante małĂtrise technique et de l'inventivitłę musicale d'un Zemlinsky en pleine maturitłę.

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART Quatuor łŢ cordes en sol majeur, K. 387

Č┤ ł─ mon cher ami Haydn. Un pł«re qui avait rłęsolu d'envoyer ses enfants łŢ la dłęcouverte du monde, les avait, selon son devoir, confiłęs łŢ la protection et łŢ l'encadrement d'un Homme trł«s cłęlł«bre, qui par trł«s bonne fortune, se trouvait par la młüme occasion łütre son meilleur Ami. Ȭ Ainsi se lit l'inscription de Mozart sur le jeu de six superbes quatuors łŢ cordes composłęs entre 1782 et 1785, et qu'il avait dłędicacłęs łŢ son ami et collł«gue, Josef Haydn.

Franz SCHUBERT Quatuor łŢ cordes en rłę mineur, D 810

Č┤ La Jeune Fille et la Mort Ȭ

Schubert a commencłę łŢ composer son quatuor łŢ cordes ne rłę mineur en 1824, mais ne le complłęterait łŢ sa satisfaction qu'en fłęvrier 1826. L'Č˙uvre sera publiłęe łŢ titre posthume en 1832. Le quatuor en rłę mineur doit son surnom Č┤ La Jeune Fille et la Mort Ȭ łŢ son deuxił«me mouvement dont le thł«me et les variations sont basłęs sur le Lied de Schubert Der Tod und das Młždchen (D.531) qu'il avait composłę en 1817 sur un court poł«me de Mathias Claudius.


Les billets sont aux prix de 38 $ |30 $ | 25 $ |10 $/łÔtudiants

Pour plus de renseignements : Susan McKinnon Bell, directrice administrative, 5459, avenue Earnscliffe, Montrłęal, Qułębec H3X 2P8

514-487-5190 | 514-487-7390 (fax) |514-830-6033 (cellulaire)

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MONTRłÔAL Č˝ April 21, 2008

Press Release



The Escher String Quartet

In their Montrłęal debut

"From Vienna With Love"

The world renowned Escher String Quartet, invited by the MCO, performs Monday, May 5, 2008 at 7:30 pm, in Pollack Hall.

Featured guests for the evening are Adam Barnett-Hart (Violin); Wu Jie (Violin); Pierre Lapointe (Viola); Andrew Janss (Cello)

The Escher String Quartet is a young quartet rapidly gaining world fame.

Both Pinchas Zukerman and Itzhak Perlman, who immediately admired the young ensemble's individual sound, inspired artistic decisions and unique cohesiveness, invited the Escher to be the quartet-in-residence at each artist's summer festival. In only a few years, the group has established a reputation as a world-class string quartet. The Escher String Quartet takes its name from Dutch graphic artist M.C. Escher; inspired by Escher's method of interplay between individual components working together to form a whole.

The quartet will make their Montrłęal debut with this concert, though at least two of its members are not exactly strangers to the city.

Canadian violist Pierre Lapointe received a prize in 2004 from the Lieutenant-Governor of Qułębec for his work at the Gatineau Music Conservatory. Prior to this award, the University of Ottawa granted him a gold medal for his undergraduate degree in composition and violin performance.

Second Violinist Wu Jie moved to Montrłęal at age 16 and studied with Yuli and Eleanora Turovsky for two years before moving to New York. She has garnered unprecedented international success as both a chamber and solo musician. She is a former student of Pinchas Zukerman, who wrote that "Her talent is a gift to us all."

In 1999 Wu Jie was awarded first prize at the Orford Second International Violin Competition with her stunning performance of the Barber violin concerto, which was broadcast across the province of Qułębec. This prize led to her successful solo appearances with the NAC Orchestra, I Musici Chamber Orchestra, FACE orchestra and the European tour with the Shanghai Music Conservatory Symphony Orchestra, as well as solo recitals in Montrłęal, Ottawa, Shanghai, and New York.

The program for the evening will feature the following works:

Alexander von ZEMLINSKY: String Quartet No. 4, Op. 25 (Suite)

Alexander von Zemlinsky composed his String Quartet, Opus 25 over the summer of 1936 though it had to wait until 1967 for its first performance. In a direct homage to his friend, Alban Berg, who had died on Christmas Eve 1935, Zemlinsky called this work his Suite. Like Berg's Lyric Suite, Zemlinsky's Suite is a work in six parts, constructed in three 'acts' with common thematic material and a structure that opposes and contrasts fast and slow movements. It also illustrates the astonishing technical mastery and musical inventiveness of Zemlinsky's mature writing,

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART: String Quartet in G major, K. 387

"To my dear friend Haydn," read the inscription. "A father who had resolved to send his children out into the great world took it to be his duty to confide them to the protection and guidance of a very celebrated Man, especially when the latter by good fortune was at the same time his best Friend." This is Mozart's inscription for the set of six superb string quartets that he composed between 1782 and 1785 and that he dedicated to his friend and colleague, Josef Haydn.

Franz SCHUBERT: String Quartet in D minor, D. 810

"Death and the Maiden"

Schubert began his D-minor string quartet in 1824 but did not complete it to his satisfaction until February 1826. It was published posthumously in 1832. The D-minor quartet owes its nickname of the Death and the Maiden quartet to its second movement whose theme and variations are based on Schubert's lied, Der Tod und das Młždchen (D.531) that he had composed in 1817 on a short poem by Mathias Claudius


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Monday, April 21, 2008

Former CBC producer Joe Fingerote joins Honens

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Monday, April 21, 2008 - Joe Fingerote, Executive Producer of Radio Music, Arts, and Entertainment for CBC Alberta, will join the management of Honens International Piano Competition as Director, Recording and Online Development in June.

Producer and host of numerous CBC Radio shows including Arts Encounters, Shaken Not Stirred, Shuffle, and guest host of In Performance, Joe Fingerote will lead Honens' live recording, and internet-based broadcasting projects.

"With the changing landscape of classical music broadcasting and the emerging ease of online music streaming, a door has opened for Honens," said Stephen McHolm, Honens' Executive Director. "We will soon make hundreds of concerts from past Honens International Piano Competitions available for streaming, and share the incredible talents of Honens laureates through online broadcasts of their recordings and performances from around the world. We're thrilled that Joe will lead this charge."

Commenting on his new position, Fingerote said, "Honens is recognized for its creativity, imagination and integrity. My goal is to bring this important music institution to a much wider, global audience."

Honens is Canada's leading presenter of music for piano. Every year, Honens produces and supports more than 100 concert, education and outreach events in Calgary, across Canada and around the globe. The triennial Honens International Piano Competition is one of the world's great music competitions.

Joe Fingerote
Director, Recording and Online Development

Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Joe Fingerote aspired to a career in music from an early age. He studied both piano and cello, completing a Bachelor of Music at the University of Manitoba. During his undergraduate studies, Fingerote found that his love of music was matched by his interest in audio and electronics. This discovery launched his career as a music producer and recording engineer. Still an undergraduate student, he joined the CBC Radio Music department in Winnipeg where he worked on live music recordings of all kinds, in addition to daily music programs. His first assignment was the classical music request show RSVP. Fingerote maintained his work at CBC while continuing his studies in music and sound, first at The Banff Centre, and later at McGill University. In 1999, while his work as a producer continued behind the scenes, he began hosting regional and national programs on CBC Radio 2. In 2005 Fingerote moved to Edmonton to take on the role of Executive Producer for CBC Radio Music in Alberta and led the Radio Music teams in Edmonton and Calgary as they launched several new programs for CBC Radio 2.

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Madame Butterfly de Giacomo Puccini

Une production Opera Australia łŢ la salle Wilfrid-Pelletier de la Place des Arts les 24, 28 mai, 2, 5, 7 juin 2008 łŢ 20 h + 31 mai 2008 łŢ 14 h

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Montrłęal, lundi 21 avril 2008 ĺ─ý Aprł«s lĺ─˘łęblouissant Lakmłę, lĺ─˘Opłęra de Montrłęal prłęsente, pour clore sa 28e saison, une seconde production lumineuse dĺ─˘Opera Australia : Madame Butterfly (Madama Butterfly), tragłędie japonaise en trois actes du grand Giacomo Puccini, le małĂtre de lĺ─˘łęmotion musicale. Dans le rłąle-titre, la soprano japonaise łŢ la voix dĺ─˘or Hiromi Omura qui fait ses dłębuts nord-amłęricains łŢ la compagnie, aprł«s avoir chantłę le rłąle au Deutsche Oper de Berlin. ł─ ses cłątłęs, le tłęnor amłęricain Richard Troxell, en lieutenant Pinkerton, rłąle quĺ─˘il interprłętait dans le film łęponyme de Frłędłęric Mitterand. Pour complłęter la distribution, le baryton canadien James Westman - que lĺ─˘on a pu entendre dans le rłąle de Frłędłęric (Lakmłę) - sera Sharpless, le consul amłęricain łŢ Nagasaki, Annamaria Popescu, mezzo-soprano canadienne au timbre soyeux, revient łŢ la compagnie en Suzuki, la servante de Cio-Cio-San, rłąle dont elle est la dłętentrice łŢ La Scala de Milan, et le tłęnor amłęricain Jon Kolbet sera Goro, et Le Bonze, la basse amłęricaine Young-Bok Kim.

Yannick Nłęzet-Słęguin dirigera cette ëýuvre pour la premił«re fois et sera łŢ la tłüte de son ensemble, lĺ─˘Orchestre Młętropolitain du Grand Montrłęal, et du Chëýur de lĺ─˘Opłęra de Montrłęal tous les soirs de reprłęsentations, exceptłę le 31 mai qui sera sous la baguette de Giuseppe Pietraroia. La mise en scł«ne est de lĺ─˘Australien Moffatt Oxenbould, aux cłątłęs dĺ─˘une łęquipe de concepteurs dĺ─˘Opera Australia : Peter England (dłęcors) ; Russell Cohen (costumes) ; Robert Bryan (łęclairages).

Lĺ─˘łęternel retourĺ─ ou les ailes brisłęes du papillon au pays du soleil levant.

Au dłębut du XXe sił«cle, un jeune lieutenant amłęricain de passage łŢ Nagasaki, Benjamin Franklin Pinkerton, łępouse une geisha, Cio-Cio-San surnommłęe Madame Butterfly. Simple fantaisie exotique sans lendemain pour lui, le mariage est pris trł«s au słęrieux par la jeune Japonaise qui sĺ─˘est convertie au Č┤ Dieu des Amłęricains Ȭ par amour pour lui, dłęshonorant la religion de ses ancłütres. Son oncle la maudit. Aprł«s la cłęrłęmonie, Pinkerton repart sur les mers. Convaincue de son retour łŢ la Č┤ saison oł╝ les rouge-gorges font leur nid Ȭ, elle lĺ─˘attend, imperturbable, łęconduisant de nombreux prłętendants. Trois ans se sont łęcoulłęs, le lieutenant nĺ─˘a donnłę aucune nouvelle et le chagrin de la jeune femme est immense. Sa situation financił«re sĺ─˘est dłęgradłęe. Seule sa fidł«le servante Suzuki est restłęe auprł«s dĺ─˘elle.

Sharpless, le consul amłęricain, essaie de la convaincre de renoncer łŢ cet amour, mais Butterfly demeure convaincue que Pinkerton reviendra lorsquĺ─˘il connałĂtra lĺ─˘existence de leur fils. łÔmu, Sharpless sĺ─˘en va, sans avoir osłę dire łŢ Butterfly que le lieutenant sĺ─˘est remariłę avec une Amłęricaine. Dans le port, le bateau de son mari apparałĂtra łŢ lĺ─˘horizon. Dłęlirante de joie, Cio-Cio-San ordonne łŢ Suzuki de lĺ─˘aider łŢ dłęcorer la maison de fleurs et sĺ─˘habille comme au premier jour pour lĺ─˘accueillir. Elle lĺ─˘attend en vain jusquĺ─˘au lever du jour et sĺ─˘endort, łępuisłęe. Sharpless, Pinkerton et sa nouvelle łępouse arrivent alors. Il demande łŢ Suzuki de lui confier lĺ─˘enfant pour assurer son avenir. Butterfly se rłęveille, aperł▀oit lĺ─˘łętrangł«re et comprend enfin la vłęritłę. Dłęsespłęrłęe, elle consent łŢ confier son enfant łŢ son pł«re łŢ condition quĺ─˘il vienne le chercher lui-młüme. Butterfly fait ses adieux łŢ son fils et dłęcide de quitter ce monde dignement, selon lĺ─˘antique tradition japonaise.

Giacomo Puccini (Lucques, 1858 ĺ─ý Bruxelles, 1924) - Peintre de lĺ─˘łóme humaine

Cĺ─˘est une reprłęsentation dĺ─˘Ałěda de Verdi qui dłęcida de la vocation de Puccini comme compositeur dĺ─˘opłęras. Luigi Illica et Giuseppe Giacosa cosigneront les livrets de ses grands succł«s populaires : La bohł«me (1896), Tosca (1900) et Madame Butterfly (1904). Ses ëýuvres ont łętłę prłęsentłęes sur les plus grandes scł«nes dĺ─˘opłęra et feront de Puccini le compositeur le plus populaire de ce dłębut du sił«cle. Ses opłęras tłęmoignent dĺ─˘un instinct thłęłótral, dĺ─˘inventions młęlodiques somptueuses et dĺ─˘innovations musicales. Son goł¬t prononcłę pour la młęlancolie sĺ─˘exprime au travers dĺ─˘une harmonie chatoyante.

Madame Butterfly (Madama Butterfly)
Tragłędie japonaise en trois actes de Giacomo Puccini, en italien, avec surtitres franł▀ais et anglais
Livret : Giuseppe Giacosa et Luigi Illica dĺ─˘aprł«s la pił«ce de David Belasco, sur une nouvelle de John Luther Long.
Crłęation : Milan, Teatro alla Scala, 17 fłęvrier 1904
Dernił«re production łŢ lĺ─˘Opłęra de Montrłęal : septembre 2002
PrłęOpłęra (Prłęsentation de lĺ─˘ëýuvre par Pierre Vachon) : 18 h 30 / 12 h 30 (matinłęe) ĺ─ý Piano Nobile


HIROMI OMURA, soprano (Japon)
Laurłęate de nombreux prix, ses emplois sont : Hłęro (Błęatrice et Błęnłędict, Opłęra-Comique), Violetta (La traviata), la Comtesse (Les noces de Figaro) łŢ Toyama au Japon, Butterfly łŢ Amiens, Micał┤la (Carmen) łŢ lĺ─˘Opłęra national de Tokyo. En juillet 2005, elle y triomphe dans Butterfly de młüme quĺ─˘łŢ lĺ─˘Opłęra de Metz. En 2006, elle chante Lił╝ (Turandot) au New Year Opera Gala Concert (łęmission en direct de NHK) łŢ Tokyo, Nedda (Pagliacci) au Nouveau thłęłótre national de Tokyo, et remporte un brillant succł«s avec le rłąle dĺ─˘Elizabetta di Valois (Don Carlo). Parmi ses projets : Silvia dans Zanetto (Mascagni) łŢ lĺ─˘Opłęra national de Lorraine, puis des dłębuts au Deutsche Oper de Berlin en janvier 2008 dans le rłąle de Madame Butterfly. Fait ses dłębuts łŢ la compagnie.

B. F. Pinkerton
RICHARD TROXELL, tłęnor (łÔtats-Unis)
Ses emplois : Pinkerton (Madame Butterfly) au Los Angeles Opera et au Washington Opera, Hoffmann (Les contes dĺ─˘Hoffmann) au Houston Grand Opera, le Tłęnor italien (Le chevalier łŢ la rose) au Vancouver Opera, Zampa (Zampa) łŢ lĺ─˘Opłęra-Comique et Christian (Cyrano de Bergerac) łŢ lĺ─˘Opłęra de Monte Carlo. Il se produit aussi au New York City Opera, New Zealand Opera, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Boston Lyric Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis et au Spoleto Festival USA. Il incarne Pinkerton dans la version filmłęe de Madame Butterfly de Frłędłęric Mitterand. Dernił«re prłęsence łŢ la compagnie : Le Gala, 1ł«re łędition (1996).

JAMES WESTMAN, baryton (Canada)
James Westman a chantłę les grands rłąles de Verdi, Puccini, Massenet, Donizetti, Janacek, Bizet, Britten et Mozart sur plusieurs grandes scł«nes dĺ─˘Europe et dĺ─˘Amłęrique du Nord dont celles des Houston Grand Opera, San Francisco Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, New York City Opera, Dallas Opera, Canadian Opera Company et Wexford Festival. Rłęcemment : Marcello (La bohł«me) au New York City Opera, Germont (La traviata) au English National Opera, Ford (Falstaff) au Houston Grand Opera et Talbot (Maria Stuarda) au Dallas Opera. Prochainement, il sera Sharpless au Lyric Opera de Chicago. Dernił«re prłęsence łŢ la compagnie : Lakmłę (2007).

ANNAMARIA POPESCU, mezzo-soprano (Canada)
Technique raffinłęe, timbre soyeux et chaleureux, elle chante dans une douzaine de productions łŢ La Scala, en plus de se produire en Europe, en Asie et en Amłęrique du Nord. Ses rłąles : Dorabella (CosłĘ fan tutte), Olga (Eugł«ne Onłęguine), Meg Page (Falstaff), Suzuki (Madame Butterfly) et Anna (Les Troyens). Elle chante sous la direction de chefs prestigieux tels Riccardo Muti, Sir Colin Davis, Bruno Bartoletti, Charles Dutoit, Andrew Davis, Michael Tilson Thomas, Christoph Eschenbach et plusieurs autres. Rłęcemment, elle chantait Suzuki łŢ La Scala. Dernił«re prłęsence łŢ la compagnie : La Gioconda (1999).

JON KOLBET, tłęnor (łÔtats-Unis)
Ses rłąles : Monostatos (La flł¬te enchantłęe), Mosquito/MałĂtre dĺ─˘łęcole (Le petite renarde rusłęe) et Basilio (Les noces de Figaro) au Houston Grand Opera, Goro (Madame Butterfly) au San Francisco Opera, Don Curzio (Les noces de Figaro) au Los Angeles Opera, un Juif (Salome) au New York City Opera, Red Whiskers (Billy Budd) au Washington Opera, Dr. Caius (Falstaff) au Florentine Opera Company, Little Bat (Susannah) au Kentucky Opera, les Quatre serviteurs (Les contes dĺ─˘Hoffmann) au Fort Worth Opera, Tybalt (Romłęo et Juliette) łŢ Opera Carolina et le rłąle-titre dans The Impresario au Connecticut Grand Opera. Fait ses dłębuts łŢ la compagnie.

Le Bonze
YOUNG-BOK KIM, basse (łÔtats-Unis)
Young-Bok Kim a rłęcemment łębloui le public et les critiques dans Colline (La bohł«me) et Le Bonze (Madame Butterfly) au New York City Opera, Silva (Ernani) łŢ Opera Boston, Massimiliano (I Masnadieri), Nilakantha (Lakmłę) et Sarastro (La flł¬te enchantłęe) au Sarasota Opera; Ramfis (Aida) avec le Arkansas Symphony Orchestra; Raimondo (Lucia di Lammermoor) avec le Nashville Opera et Aspen Opera Theater Center; Timur (Turandot) au Nevada Opera; un Vieillard hłębreu (Samson et Dalila) avec lĺ─˘El Paso Opera; Basilio (Le barbier de Słęville) pour ses dłębuts au Dallas Opera; et le Bonze (Madame Butterfly) au Greensboro Opera. Il chante łęgalement au New York City Opera dans La traviata et Madame Butterfly. Fait ses dłębuts łŢ la compagnie.

Chef dĺ─˘orchestre
Directeur musical de lĺ─˘Orchestre Młętropolitain, il dirige frłęquemment łŢ lĺ─˘Opłęra de Montrłęal. Nouvellement nommłę directeur musical de lĺ─˘Orchestre philharmonique de Rotterdam en 2008, il dirige la plupart des orchestres canadiens et a fait ses dłębuts europłęens avec lĺ─˘Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse. Depuis, les invitations łŢ diriger se sont multipliłęes. Prochainement, il dirigera Romłęo et Juliette au Festival de Salzbourg. Dernił«re prłęsence łŢ la compagnie : Turandot (2004).

Chef dĺ─˘orchestre (31 mai)
Chef en rłęsidence du McGill University Orchestra en 2000-2001, il a łętłę chef assistant pour Faust prłęsentłęe en 1996 łŢ Opera Lyra, Ottawa, et plusieurs productions de Pacific Opera Victoria telles Un bal masqułę, Tosca et Werther; il y a aussi dirigłę Le barbier de Słęville, La traviata, La bohł«me et Lucia di Lammermoor. En 2001, il dirigeait la crłęation de Eyes on the Mountain, produit par le Victoria Conservatory of Musicĺ─˘s Opera Studio. Il a łętłę chef invitłę łŢ Orchestra London et lors du Festival de Lachine łŢ Montrłęal. Il est prłęsentement Chef en rłęsidence du Pacific Opera Victoria et du Victoria Symphony. Fait ses dłębuts łŢ la compagnie.

Metteur en scł«ne
Il contribue de manił«re importante au dłęveloppement de lĺ─˘opłęra en Australie depuis une trentaine dĺ─˘annłęes. De 1984 łŢ 1999, il est directeur artistique dĺ─˘Opera Australia. Il a mis en scł«ne plusieurs ëýuvres dont Turandot, Il trittico, Le viol de Lucrł«ce, Pagliacci, Semiramide, La clłęmence de Titus, Madame Butterfly et Simon Boccanegra. En 2005, il mettait en scł«ne Idomłęnłęe au Houston Grand Opera et remontait sa production de La bohł«me au State Opera of South Australia. Fait ses dłębuts łŢ la compagnie.

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La Fanciulla del West
(La fille du Far West) de Puccini
Nouvelle production | 20, 24, 27, 29 septembre, 2 octobre 2008 łŢ 20 h
Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier de la Place des Arts (PDA)
Mise en scł«ne, Thaddeus Strassberger
Direction, Keri-Lynn Wilson ĺ─ý Orchestre Młętropolitain du Grand Montrłęal

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Pacific Opera Victoria's Opera-in-Schools program presents an opera

Elijah's Kite, a new opera by Canadian creators James Rolfe, composer, and Camyar Chai, librettist, examines the critical issue of bullying. Throughout the month of May, Pacific Opera Victoria will present Elijah's Kite to more than 7,000 students in 30 elementary and middle schools on southern Vancouver Island.

The opera is set in a playground full of kids, where nine-year old Elijah is lonely and frightened of Big Billy Brett, the school bully. Elijah brings his favourite kite to school and dreams of flying away. He soon meets Miriam, the new girl in school, who's not afraid of Billy, but she becomes a bully too and Elijah is once again on his own. By the end of the opera, the kids all learn how to turn something negative into something good, and discover that co-operation can make Elijah's kite fly.

Elijah's Kite, a co-production between the Manhattan School of Music and Toronto's Tapestry New Opera, premiered in New York City on April 9, 2006. It had its Canadian premiere in November 2006 at Rideau Hall in Ottawa for Governor General Michał┤lle Jean and an audience of school children. Since then it has been performed for thousands of kids across Ontario, and this production marks its West Coast premiere.

The opera was created in consultation with PREVNet (Promoting Relationships and Eliminating Violence Network), an active network of Canadian researchers, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and governments working together to promote safe and healthy relationships for all Canadian children and youth.

A study guide, developed by Katherine McKenney and Debra Pepler of York University in collaboration with Pat McCarthy, outlines classroom activities to animate discussion and build understanding about bullying, as well as about the role of arts and theatre in our lives.

In addition, Pacific Opera Victoria is working in partnership with the University of Victoria's Centre for Youth and Society, directed by Dr. Bonnie Leadbeater, to develop additional teacher training and classroom resources for the Elijah's Kite school tour. The two organizations hosted a workshop for local educators on Wednesday evening, April 9, 2008, to discuss the opera and its relevance to teachers and students in elementary and middle schools. A second workshop will be held on April 30.

The tour of Elijah's Kite marks the beginning of a new approach to POV's in-school programming. "Our Opera-in-the-schools program will deliver in three key areas", notes David Shefsiek, Pacific Opera Victoria's Executive Director. "It will support educators in their work in the classroom, demonstrate how the arts can highlight relevant issues that affect our lives, and continue to engage children in the power of opera."

The Victoria Foundation's Vital Signs report shows that 30.5% of 18 year olds in the province do not graduate high school. Through the themes of Elijah's Kite, Pacific Opera Victoria hopes to make a contribution toward engendering a more hospitable environment in our classrooms and

Elijah's Kite features five pre-professional opera singers from Vancouver Island, and three musicians (piano, bass and percussion). The Opera-in-Schools tour forms a large part of POV's Young Artist Program, which also offers professional and career development opportunities to the five singers, with coaching and classes by vocal coaches Theresa Turgeon and Kathleen Brett, director and choreographer Jacques Lemay, and others.

Elijah's Kite Company

Stage director: Alison Greene
Music director: Giuseppe Pietraroia
Stage designer: Ian Rye
Stage manager: Steve Barker
Cast: Isaiah Bell, Michaela Dickey, Aaron Ferguson, Kathryn Humphries and Tamara Rusque
Musicians: Susu Robin, Kelby MacNayr and Sean Drabitt

Pacific Opera Victoria's school tour is made possible with the generous support of RBC Foundation, our Education Underwriter, TELUS, our Youth Programs Sponsor, and the Canada Council for the Arts Supplementary Operating Funds Initiative. Tour sponsors include Success by 6, the Centre for Youth and Society, RBC Dominion Securities, the Victoria Foundation, the Anne McLaughlin Fund, and the Hamber Foundation. Transportation Sponsor is Budget Car and Truck Rental.

For more information about Pacific Opera Victoria, and the Opera in Schools program, visit or call 250-382-1641. Designated school representatives interested in a performance of Elijah's Kite may contact Pacific Opera Victoria at 250-382-1641.

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Sunday, April 20, 2008

Edmonton Opera's 2008/09 Season - Fall In Love

Media Release

For immediate release: April 20, 2008

Media contact: Liz Lepper, Bottom Line Productions

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Fall In Love with Opera

Edmonton, AB ĺ─ý Edmonton Opera's 2008/2009 season explores love in all its glory, hilarity, power and sorrow. Wagner's The Flying Dutchman delves into haunting and redemptive love; Donizetti's Daughter of the Regiment takes to us the silly side of love in the military; Verdi's classic La Traviata transports audiences to the glittering world of 19th century Paris for a tale of love and loss; and Bizet's The Pearl Fishers portrays the conflict and ensuing sacrifice when friendship collides with love.

A haunting production rooted in German Expressionist cinema, Wagner's masterpiece The Flying Dutchman will astound Edmonton Opera audiences for the first time in 20 years. With music that perfectly evokes a raging storm, Dutchman is the tale of a ship's captain doomed to sail the seas for eternity in search of faithful love. Jason Howard and Susan Marie Pierson, the artists who sparked audiences' excitement in Bluebeard's Castle & Ewartung, reunite to bring Wagner's genius to life. Marc Embree, Scott Scully and Emilia Boteva join Director Brian Deedrick and Conductor John Keenan in the new season's opening production. The Flying Dutchman runs October 25, 28 and 30, 2008, and is sung in German with English supertitles.

Edmonton Opera escapes winter with joyous laughter at military mayhem, as an exuberant 'band of brothers' joins its adopted 'daughter' Marie in Donizetti's Daughter of the Regiment. When Marie must decide between her love for the regiment, (yes, the whole regiment), and her love for Tonio, hilarity ensues. Rob Herriot, director of H.M.S. PINAFORE, is joined by Andriana Chuchman, Colin Ainsworth, Theodore Baerg, Sonya Gosse, Chad Louwerse, and Conductor Peter Dala. Daughter of the Regiment runs February 7, 10 and 12, 2009, and is sung in French with English supertitles.

The opera season closes with Verdi's beloved and heart-wrenching La Traviata. Alberta-born Laura Whalen takes on the tragic role of Violetta, the famed courtesan who loses everything in her love for Alfredo. Edmonton Opera also welcomes the return of Theodore Baerg, Qułębecois star Marc Hervieux, Thomas Macleay, Doug MacNaughton, Alain Coulombe, Krista de Silva, Alexander Dobson, Renłęe Brad, Director Michael Cavanagh and Conductor Steven Osgood. La Traviata runs April 25, 28 and 30, 2009, and is sung in Italian with English supertitles.

On a journey to an exotic island in the Indian Ocean, Edmonton Opera goes beyond its three Jubilee Auditorium productions this season. A special presentation of Bizet's The Pearl Fishers brings a tale of love, friendship, betrayal and sacrifice to the intimate acoustical splendour of the Winspear Centre. Colin Ainsworth, Gregory Dahl, Amy Hansen, and Andrew Stewart join Director Brian Deedrick and Conductor Robert Dean for this two-night production. The Pearl Fishers runs March 12 and 14, 2009, and is sung in French with English supertitles.

"Opera is the greatest and grandest art form of them all," says Brian Deedrick, Edmonton Opera's Artistic Director. "We laugh, we cry, we lose ourselves in the sublime beauty of the music, we succumb to the world being created before us on the stageĺ─Â For once, even I'm hard-pressed to come up with words to describe the all-encompassing experience of opera. I urge and invite everyone to fall deeply and deeper in love with this wonderful art form. Fall in love with the music and the stories that sing. Fall in love with the brilliant artists sharing their talents on stage. Fall in love with the excitement. Fall in love with Edmonton Opera!"

All performances begin at 7:30pm and take place at the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, with the exception of The Pearl Fishers at the Winspear Centre. Subscriptions are available through the Edmonton Opera Box Office, call (780) 429-1000. The deadline to renew current subscriptions is June 6, 2008. For more information or to download a subscription form, please visit

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Friday, April 18, 2008

SOUND ADVICE with Rick Phillips to be Streamed on Universal Musicĺ─˘s UMUSIC.CA from April 22, 2008

Toronto, April 21, 2008 - Universal Music Canada is pleased to announce that Rick Phillips' SOUND ADVICE, will begin streaming on from April 22, 2008.

Phillips' popular show SOUND ADVICE, which aired on CBC Radio for 14 seasons, ended its run this past March. The show's programming, so beloved by his listeners, will continue in the new streaming format. The first portion of his program will consist of recent release reviews critiqued using his star rating system. The second portion will continue with The Library, an in-depth look at an artist or repertoire of special interest.

The new program will be bi-weekly and it will be posted on alternate Tuesdays coinciding with the new release Tuesdays established by the recording industry. SOUND ADVICE will feature solo, chamber and orchestral music as well as featuring more vocal, choral and operatic fare than his previous show.

Says Phillips, "It is a great pleasure to be continuing SOUND ADVICE with Universal Music Canada and to have the show archived and available on demand, allowing audiences to listen at their convenience.

Thom McKercher, Director of Classics and Jazz added "We are pleased to announce that Rick has joined the Universal family. Having listened to his show for years, I know we are working with a professional critic who knows recorded music as well as anyone in Canada".

Also, the ever popular Music Quiz portion of the program remains intact with a prize being awarded every show.

About Rick Phillips

For 14 years, Rick Phillips was the Host and Producer of SOUND ADVICE, the weekly guide to classical music and recordings on CBC Radio One and Radio Two. Rick continues to offer adult music appreciation courses at the Royal Conservatory of Music and the University of Toronto. He is the author of "The Essential Classical Recordings -101 CDs" published by McClelland & Stewart with an accompanying soundtrack distributed by Universal Music Canada. Rick also writes program notes and music-related articles, hosts concerts and guided musical tours to Europe, and presents pre-concert talks. He holds a B. Mus. from McGill University and a M. Mus. from the University of Toronto.

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PSO 2007-08 Season Concludes with Robert Moody Conducting, May 6

April 18, 2008

Amanda Flanagan, 207-775-2126 ext. 121
gBritt PR


PORTLAND, Maine ĺ─ý The Portland Symphony Orchestra (PSO)'s 2007-08 season will close with a spectacular concert conducted by incoming PSO Music Director Designate Robert Moody on Tuesday, May 6 at 7:30 p.m. at Merrill Auditorium in Portland. Seating for this concert is extremely limited. Ticket holders are invited to attend the Concert Conversation at 6:15 p.m. in the Rehearsal Hall, led by Maestro Moody.

The program opens with PHOENIX for orchestra, a work premiered by Robert Moody in 2007. Internationally recognized composer Dan Locklair's music has been performed throughout Europe and North America by many major orchestras, choral groups, chamber ensembles and soloists.

Cellist Denise Djokic, born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, will join PSO as guest soloist on Franz Joseph Haydn's Cello Concerto in D Major. Already one of the most captivating young artists of her generation, Djokic has thrilled audiences and critics worldwide with the passion, vigor, and sensitivity of her playing. She has performed as guest soloist with every leading orchestra in Canada as well as many in the US and Mexico, and has toured Canada extensively, during which she was featured as the subject of the documentary film "Seven Days, Seven Nights." Her 2002 debut recording won her an East Coast Music Award for "Best Classical Recording of the Year," and during the same year, Djokic was a featured performer at the Grammy Awards. She was named by MacLean's magazine as one of "25 Young Canadians who are changing our World," and by ELLE magazine as one of "Canada's 30 most Powerful Women."

The PSO's 2007-2008 season will close with Gustav Mahler's spectacular Symphony No. 1. Always a delight for symphony devotees and neophytes alike, the renowned piece was described by composer Arnold Schoenberg as, "ĺ─Âa stretch of wild and secret country, with eerie chasms and abysses neighbored by sunlit, smiling meadows, haunts of idyllic repose. ĺ─Âan event of Nature, which after scouring us with its terrors puts a rainbow in the sky."

The May 6th concert is sponsored by the Canadian Consulate General.

The night before this concert, May 5, Robert Moody will conduct another performance of Mahler's Symphony No. 1 in a special PSO Podium Prelude Concert. The event is designed to introduce Portland and the southern Maine community to incoming Music Director Moody with this celebrated piece of music. Tickets are still available for this hour-long performance at the special low price of $25 for any seat in the house.

Tickets for all PSO performances are available now through, by phone at 207-842-0800, or at the PortTix box office, 20 Myrtle St., Monday through Saturday from noon to 6 p.m.

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En mai, La Scena Musicale mettra lĺ─˘accent sur le jazz, avec le Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra et notre rłępertoire annuel des festivals dĺ─˘łętłę canadiens

(English version)

Ce numłęro vous invitera łŢ revisiter le jazz au passłę, et łŢ le vivre au prłęsent et au futur. Paul Serralheiro vous fera parcourir lĺ─˘histoire du Big Band avec Ted Nash, une personnalitłę importante du Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, sous la direction de nul autre que Wynton Marsalis. Cet ensemble de renommłęe mondiale est restłę fidł«le aux racines et traditions du genre. Pendant la durłęe de son engagement au sein de cet ensemble, Ted Nash sĺ─˘est forgłę une place importante en tant que compositeur, arrangeur et saxophoniste virtuose.

Notre chroniqueur de jazz, Marc Chłęnard, explorera les possibilitłęs plus contemporaines des orchestres de jazz, qui les rapprochent des ensembles de musique Č┤ classique Ȭ contemporaine. Nous tenterons de dłęmłüler la terminologie : par exemple, devrait-on parler de Big Bands ou d'orchestres de jazz ? Dans notre rłępertoire annuel, nous accueillerons la belle saison avec un vaste choix de festivals de jazz d'łętłę łŢ travers le Canada; ensuite, Marc Chłęnard vous livrera ses choix.

LSM est fił«re de son rłąle primordial dans la promotion des festivals dĺ─˘łętłę, et en complłęment du jazz, la section "rłępertoire des festivals" comprendra aussi les festivals de musique du monde et de musique folklorique. Nous publierons łęgalement un rłępertoire des compagnies qui offrent des abonnements de saison 2008-2009. N'oubliez pas quĺ─˘en juin, nous publierons notre rłępertoire annuel des festivals canadiens d'łętłę de musique classique. Pour de plus amples informations, veuillez consulter :

Nous avons invitłę quelques chefs dĺ─˘orchestre canadiens, parmi les plus respectłęs, łŢ partager leurs pensłęes sur lĺ─˘hłęritage musical de Herbert von Karajan, łŢ lĺ─˘occasion de son 100e anniversaire de naissance. Sa longue association avec lĺ─˘Orchestre Philharmonique de Berlin, sa discographie vaste, et toute sa carrił«re en głęnłęral sont tout simplement stupłęfiantes. Encore łŢ ce jour, il est lĺ─˘artiste qui a vendu le plus de disques de musique classique. Pourtant, son engagement politique auprł«s du parti Nazi en dłębut de carrił«re a suscitłę bien des dłębats. Dans le młüme numłęro, nous entamerons une słęrie dĺ─˘articles sur Puccini, dont on fłüte le 150e anniversaire de naissance en 2008.

Ne manquez pas le Concours Musical International de Montrłęal, qui accueillera cette annłęe les meilleurs jeunes pianistes. Comme toujours, vous y trouverez notre recension des nouveaux CD et DVD, ainsi que notre Calendrier rłęgional mensuel.

La Scena Musicale : mai 2008
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łÔdition Qułębec

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Au sujet des festivals de musique et des arts, La Scena Musicale, La SCENA et The Music Scene sont les ressources łŢ consulter pour trouver les festivals de musique et des arts internationaux et canadiens en 2008 (en imprimłę et en ligne). Les numłęros suivants couvriront tous les festivals de 2008 :

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May's La Scena Musicale puts the accent on jazz with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and Canadian jazz, world and folk festivals!

(Version franł▀aise)

La Scena Musicale's next issue invites you to take a closer look at the past, present and future of jazz. Paul Serralheiro investigates the history of the big band with Ted Nash, a prominent member of Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra; led by artistic director Wynton Marsalis, the orchestra is a world-class ensemble that has remained faithful to the roots and tradition of the idiom. During Mr. Nash's tenure with this group, he has become one of its most crucial members as a composer, an arranger and a remarkably virtuosic saxophonist. LSM jazz editor Marc Chłęnard will explore the more contemporary possibilities afforded by a jazz orchestra, as its sonic possibilities today have stretched almost into the realm of a ĺ─˙classicalĺ─¨ contemporary music ensemble. With all this terminology being tossed around, we should ask the question: is it a ĺ─˙big bandĺ─¨ or a ĺ─˙jazz orchestraĺ─¨? We'll fill you in on that as well. As May unfolds, we begin to anticipate the hot summer months ahead, which of course means a wide variety of festivals from which to choose! In keeping with the focus on jazz this month, Marc Chłęnard will bring you his picks for jazz festivals happening across the country this summer.

LSM prides itself on its leading role in promoting festivals and, in addition to jazz, this month's festival guides will cover summer festivals of world and folk music. May will also feature a guide to subscriptions for the 2008-09 season. Keep an eye out for our summer classical festival guide in June. For more information on these guides, please consult:

We have invited some of Canada's most esteemed conductors to share their thoughts on the legacy of Herbert von Karajan for the occasion of the 100th anniversary of his birth this year. His association with the Berlin Philharmonic and his achievements as a recording artist (he is still, to this day, the top-selling classical recording artist in history) are staggering. Still, his political ties to the Nazi party early on in his career have raised some eyebrows and sparked a debate on this matter. We will begin a new in-depth series on Puccini this month; keep your eyes open for reviews, features, and more.

Stay tuned as well for a look at the piano in time with the Montreal International Musical Competition, which features pianists this year. As always, you can check out our reviews of the latest CD and DVD releases and leaf through our extensive May regional music calendar.


La Scena Musicale: May 2008 National Edition

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La Scena Musicale: June 2008 National Edition

  • Guides to classical music and arts festivals
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  • Montreal: 18,500
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Distribution date: July 1
Advertising deadline: June 16

Materials deadline: June 18


Talking about music and arts festivals. La Scena Musicale, La SCENA and The Music Scene are the place to find International and Canadian music and arts festivals in 2008 (in print and online). The following three issues will cover all the 2008 festivals:

  • International Music and Arts Festivals: Spring 2008 issue of The Music Scene and the Spring 2008 issue of La SCENA (including the April issue of La Scena Musicale).
  • Canadian Jazz, World and Folk Festivals: May 2008 issue of La Scena Musicale. This is a national issue (double distribution to 50,000 copies) and the ad rates are 1.5 times the regular rates.
  • Canadian Classical Music and Arts Festivals: Summer 2008 issue of La SCENA (including the June issue of La Scena Musicale). This is a national issue (double distribution to 50,000 copies) and the ad rates are 1.5 times the regular rates.

To register your festival, visit the info page .

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Thursday, April 17, 2008

Canadian Tulip Festival: Celebridłęe announces line-up

FOR RELEASE FRIDAY, APRIL 4, 2008, 5:00 p.m.

Celebridłęe announces complete line-up ĺ─ý Tickets now on sale

ČéOttawa, April 4, 2008 ĺ─ý Celebridłęe is delighted to announce the complete line-up for its 2008 festival. Celebridłęe is a 19-day celebration of ideas which runs from May 2nd to May 19th, 2008 as part of the Canadian Tulip Festival and will feature a tremendous line-up of great thinkers, writers, scientists, political figures and artists from all around the world.

Headlining Celebridłęe will be Sir Salman Rushdie, one of the world's most celebrated and controversial novelists, in his first-ever public appearance in Ottawa. Also in their first-ever Ottawa appearances are Wired Magazine's Chris Anderson, and Jared Diamond Pulitzer Prize winning author of Guns, Germs and Steel.

Other highlights of Celebridłęe include improv comedians Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood; the newest member the Royal Canadian Air Farce, Ottawa comedian Jessica Holmes; Dr. Dan Baker, author of What Happy People Know; McGill University Professor Daniel J. Levitin, author of This is Your Brain on Music; and James Howard Kunstler, author of The Long Emergency. Yale University's Amy Chua will present World on Fire; the Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada will moderate a session on Penal Reform, the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics will present The Mystery of Dark Matter, and Richard Florida, author of Who's Your City, will discuss Creative Cities.

Most events will take place in the Tulip Festival Mirror Tent, an exceptionally high-end "Spiegeltent" being shipped over from Belgium especially for Celebridłęe and the Canadian Tulip Festival. People will be able to dine in the Mirror Tent before all events, mingle before and after the presentations and enjoy refreshments, including wine and beer, during the presentation. Organizers are expecting the Tulip Festival Mirror Tent ĺ─ý also the home of this year's Tulip Ball and five nights of Cabaret ĺ─ý to be one of the great attractions of this year's Festival.

Celebridłęe will also feature three superb musical concerts including two evenings with Angela Hewitt performing Bach's complete Well-Tempered Clavier and Janina Fialkowska & The Chamber Players of Canada, all at St. Andrew's Church.

Tickets for Celebridłęe events are available through Capital Tickets ĺ─ý and at Perfect Books, 258a Elgin Street; Nicholas Hoare Books, 419 Sussex Drive; Collected Works Bookstore, 1242 Wellington Street West; Compact Music, 190 and 785Čç Bank Street. Tickets to Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood are available at all of the outlets listed above, the National Arts Centre box office and Ticketmaster, Tickets to concerts are available at the Leading Note, 370 Elgin Street; CD Warehouse (all locations); and Compact Music (both locations).

Full information can be found on the Celebridłęe's web site,



Christina Britskey (613) 567-5757, ext 232


The Seven Deadly Sins

Friday, May 2

8:00 p.m.

Tulip Festival Mirror Tent

Sin has shaped our society since the very beginnings of humanity. This event will take a profound and entertaining look at sin throughout history and into our own time, featuring seven people from a wide variety of backgrounds including the newest member of the Royal Canadian Air Farce, Jessica Holmes, astute and witty Ottawa poet Phil Jenkins and Celebridłęe director Julian Armour.

General Admission: $20

Reserved Section: $40

For more information on Jessica Holmes please visit

For more information on Phil Jenkins please visit

An Evening with Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood

Sunday, May 4

7:30 p.m.

National Arts Centre, Southam Hall

A very special Ottawa appearance by the brilliantly insightful Canadian improv comedian, Colin Mochrie!

Following enormously successful solo tours, Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood, stars of the Emmy nominated, Whose Line Is It Anyway? have teamed up to present an evening of extraordinary improvisational comedy. Using only their lightning fast wit and suggestions from the audience, Colin and Brad create two hours of hilarity. The show is truly interactive ĺ─ý all ideas will be given the special "Colin and Brad" treatment!

Tickets: $32, $42, $56, $68

Tickets are available at the National Arts Centre,, and Canadian Tulip Festival Outlets.

For more information on Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood please visit

The Science of Happiness


Dan Baker, Ph.D.

John M. Zelenski, Ph.D.

Monday May 5

8:00 p.m.

Tulip Festival Mirror Tent

Dr. Dan Baker is a medical psychologist and the author of the book on happiness, What Happy People Know: How the New Science of Happiness Can Change Your Life for the Better. For this presentation he will be joined by Carleton University professor John M. Zelenski, a psychologist who studies individual differences in happiness, in a discussion on what science tells us about being happy and what we need to do to be happier.

General Admission: $20

Reserved Section: $40

For more information on Dr. Baker please visit

The Treaty of Paris

Tuesday, May 6

5:30 p.m. ĺ─ý 7:00 p.m.

Library and Archives Canada

The year 2008 marks the 225th anniversary of Treaty of Paris that ended the American Revolution. However, the legacy of this treaty has been much greater than merely ending the war: it reshaped North America, creating new political relationships and this basis for the Canada we know today. This event is the official opening of the exhibition at Library and Archives Canada, where the actual treaty will be on display.

(Library and Archives Canada logo)

Free Admission

An Evening with Sir Salman Rushdie

Tuesday, May 6

8:00 p.m.

Tulip Festival Mirror Tent

An Ottawa first! Sir Salman Rushdie is one of the most successful, controversial and celebrated novelists of his generation. His novels have won critical acclaim and widespread commercial success, while his ideas have stimulated, galvanized, and provoked. He is without a doubt one of the most admired, witty and provocative people of our time. Without question, one of the most important cultural events of the year in Ottawa.

General Admission: $50

Reserved Section: $75

This is your Brain on Music


Daniel J. Levitin

Wednesday, May 7

8:00 p.m.

Tulip Festival Mirror Tent

After decades of working with some of the world's most famous musicians, including the Grateful Dead, Steely Dan, Santana and Stevie Wonder, McGill University Professor Daniel J. Levitin has now become world-renowned for his studies on neuroscience why and how music affects us so deeply. His book, This is Your Brain on Music, was on the New York Times bestseller list for 23 weeks. A must for fans of all styles of music!

General Admission: $20

Reserved Section: $40

For more information on Dan Levitin please visit and

Urban Meltdown

Thursday, May 8

2:00 p.m.

Tulip Festival Mirror Tent


Clive Doucet and John Godfrey

Poet, city councillor and urban activist, Clive Doucet provides a razor-sharp insider's perspective into how explosive urban growth is accelerating global warming, and why political action seems paralyzed. Faced with powerful lobby groups and re-election pressures, many elected officials have pushed environmental issues on the back burner. Clive Doucet's book, Urban Meltdown, was a finalist for the prestigious 2007 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize.

John Godfrey brings tremendous experience and expertise to the discussion of cities. Prior to July 2004, John Godfrey served as Parliamentary Secretary and Special Advisor to the Prime Minister with special emphasis on cities. Before serving in Canada's Parliament, John enjoyed a distinguished career in academia and journalism. He first gained national profile during his tenure from 1987 to 1991 as Editor of The Financial Post.

Alternative Destinies: James Howard Kunstler

The Long Emergency

Thursday, May 8

8:00 p.m.

Tulip Festival Mirror Tent

James Howard Kunstler has become one of the pre-eminent observers of today world and North American Society. His latest book, The Long Emergency is about the challenges posed by the coming permanent global oil crisis, climate change, and other converging catastrophes of the 21st Century. Kunstler is an emphatic "petro-pessimist" who argues that civilization is about to enter a sustained period of economic, social, and environmental decrepitude triggered by the end of the cheap-oil era. A profound and gifted thinker with remarkable insight into today's challenging world.

General Admission: $20

Reserved Section: $40

For more information on James Howard Kuntsler please visit

Alternative Destinies: Amy Chua

Friday, May 9

8:00 p.m.

Tulip Festival Mirror Tent

Best-selling author Amy Chua offers audiences truly revolutionary insights into global power, politics and economics. She is changing the context of global economics and international politics. Her most recent book, Day of Empire: How Hyperpowers Rise to Global Dominanceĺ─ţand Why They Fall, examines history's handful of dominant world powers to reveal the reasons behind their success and the roots of their ultimate demise, and World on Fire: How Exporting Free Market Democracy Breeds Ethnic Hatred and Global Instability.

General Admission: $20

Reserved Section: $40

For more information on Amy Chua please visit

Angela Hewitt: The Well-Tempered Clavier I & II

Saturday, May 10 at 3:00 pm and

Tuesday, May 13 at 7:30 pm

Angela Hewitt ĺ─ý piano

J.S. Bach ĺ─ý The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I and II

St. Andrew's Church

82 Kent Street, Ottawa

Honourary Patron: Aline Chrłętien

World-renowned pianist Angela Hewitt is praised throughout the world as one of the great Bach interpreters of our time. Her appearance at the Canadian Tulip Festival and Celebridłęe is part of a world tour where she is performing the complete Well-Tempered Clavier, one of the monuments of the piano repertoire, in 25 countries on six continents. Among her many awards, Angela Hewitt was named Gramophone Artist of the Year in 2006. She was awarded an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours in 2006.

This is the first of two nights. Part II takes place on May 13th. All proceeds from these concerts go directly to support the Godfrey Hewitt Memorial Scholarship.

General Admission: $30 (Both evenings of the complete Well-Tempered Clavier: $50)

Reserved Section: $100 SOLD OUT

Students: $20 (Both evenings of the complete Well-Tempered Clavier: $30)

For more information please visit

Penal Reform

Monday, May 12

8:00 p.m.

Tulip Festival Mirror Tent

(Photo: Beverley McLachlin)

An in-depth discussion of one of the most pressing and controversial issues of modern society. How safe are we? As a society are we driven by fear? Are we better off imprisoning convicted criminals more often and for longer periods of time? Moderated by the Right Honourable Beverly McLachlin Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Canada, panelists will include award-winning Ottawa Citizen columnist Dan Gardner, Ottawa Chief of Police Vern White and a roster of experts from the worlds of law enforcement and the justice system.

General Admission: $20

Reserved Section: $40

The Occupied Garden

Tuesday, May 13

2:00 p.m.

Tulip Festival Mirror Tent


Kristen den Hartog

Tracy Kasaboski

(Photo: Kristen den Hartog)

This event features the ideas of relocation and international friendship, and the discussion of a new book, The Occupied Garden a moving and revealing memoir about a man and his young family during the Nazi occupation of Holland and their subsequent relocation in Canada. The story is told by his granddaughters, one of them the critically-acclaimed novelist Kristen den Hartog. It also deals the many ties between Canada and the Netherlands forged during the Second World War, leading to the founding of the Canadian Tulip Festival.

Free Admission

The Mystery of Dark Matter

Tuesday, May 13

8:00 p.m.

Tulip Festival Mirror Tent

Presented by Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics

Over the last few decades, physicists have discovered that around ninety percent of every galaxy in the universe is made of an unseen substance called "dark matter." This is one of the hottest topics in physics. The Mystery of Dark Matter will be presented by the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. The brilliantly innovative Perimeter Institute is a Canadian success story, dedicated to addressing foundational issues in current theoretical physics research.

General Admission: $20

Reserved Section: $40

For more information please visit

Can Philanthropy Save the World?


Michael Edwards

Thursday, May 15

2:00 p.m.

Tulip Festival Mirror Tent

(Photo: Michael Edwards)

The movement in the nonprofit world to make charities more like businesses and create new markets for goods and services that benefit society has been nicknamed "philanthrocapitalism." Michael Edwards, director of civil society and governance at the Ford Foundation, writes in his new book, Just Another Emperor? The Myths and Realities of Philanthrocapitalism, that the trend isn't living up to its hype. A must-attend event for anyone involved in or concerned about the not-for-profit sector.

Free Admission

The Long Tail


Chris Anderson

Thursday, May 15

8:00 p.m.

Tulip Festival Mirror Tent

(Photo: Chris Anderson) (Illustration: Long Tail Chart)

Chris Anderson is one of the most knowledgeable, perceptive and articulate observers of business and technology in the modern world. He is editor-in-chief of the highly insightful and influential Wired Magazine. He coined the phrase, The Long Tail, which has been used to explain many of the consumer trends that have created a radically different culture and economy and have had a dramatic impact on the world we live in.

General Admission: $50

Reserved Section: $75

For more information on Chris Anderson and the Long Tail please visit

Who's Your City? An evening with Richard Florida

Friday, May 16

8:00 p.m.

Tulip Festival Mirror Tent

(Photo: Jared Diamond)

Richard Florida is, without question, one of the world's leading thinkers on economic competitiveness, demographic trends, and cultural and technological innovation. In the last five years, Florida has penned two national bestsellers, The Rise of the Creative Class and The Flight of the Creative Class. His new book, Who's Your City? takes a look at the way that people choose the places they live and how that affects everything from their real estate to their families. Richard Florida is Professor of Business and Creativity at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.

General Admission: $20

Reserved Section: $40

For more information on Richard Florida please visit

Alternative Destinies: Jared Diamond

Saturday, May 17

8:00 p.m.

Tulip Festival Mirror Tent

Jared Diamond, author of the Pulitzer Prize winning Guns, Germs and Steel, is the epitome of the celebrity scientist. His lectures routinely draw thousands of rapt listeners, who walk away with a deeper and more nuanced view of the development of human civilization and the continued gulf between rich and poor in the global community.

General Admission: $50

Reserved Section: $75

For more information on Jared Diamond please visit

Janina Fialkowska and the Chamber Players of Canada

Sunday, May 18

7:30 p.m.

St. Andrew's Church

82 Kent Street, Ottawa

Jonathan Crow ĺ─ý violin

Manuela Milani ĺ─ý violin

Guylaine Lemaire ĺ─ý viola

Julian Armour ĺ─ý cello

Murielle Bruneau ĺ─ý double bass

Janina Fialkowska - piano

Mozart ĺ─ý Concerto for Piano and Strings in C major, K. 415

Sir Ernest MacMillan - Two Sketches on French Canadian Airs

Godfrey Ridout ĺ─ý Movement for String Quartet

Schumann ĺ─ý Quintet for Piano and Strings

The spectacular partnership between pianist Janina Fialkowska and the Chamber Players of Canada has led to many highly-acclaimed concerts, radio broadcasts and CD recordings. This concert includes Mozart's own chamber music version of his Concerto in C major and one of the greatest masterpieces of all of music, Schumann's Quintet for Piano and Strings.

General Admission: $20

Reserved Section: $40

Student: $10

For more information on Janina Fialkowska please visit

Celebridłęe Closing Event: Ideas of Hope

Monday, May 19

8:00 p.m.

Tulip Festival Mirror Tent

We close Celebridłęe with a fascinating evening devoted to "Ideas of Hope." In a complex and troubled world seemingly filled with turmoil, strife, and massive inequality, all against a backdrop of rampant pollution and resource depletion, what are the ideas in which we can take hope? A broad panel of some of the most engaged Canadian thinkers will join in this lively discussion including Ed Broadbent and Maude Barlow. Ed Broadbent is one of the most admired and respected politicians in the history of Canada. Maude Barlow is the National Chairperson of The Council of Canadians, Canada's largest public advocacy organization, and the co-founder of the Blue Planet Project, an organization that is working internationally for the right to water. Stay tuned for details!

General Admission: $20

Reserved Section: $40

The Tulip Festival Mirror Tent ĺ─ý Major's Hill Park ĺ─ý May 2 ĺ─ý 19, 2008

Major's Hill Park will also host a new spectacular addition to the Festival in 2008 ĺ─ý the Tulip Festival Mirror Tent. Coming from Belgium, the Tulip Festival Mirror Tent recreates the renowned European art nouveau days with lavish interiors of carved wood, polished mirrors, crystal, leadlight and luxuriant furnishings. The Tulip Festival Mirror Tent will host the 2008 Celebridłęe ĺ─ý Celebration of Ideas program, as well as four food and music Cabaret Nights and will be the home of the 2008 Tulip Ball Reflections! on Saturday, May 10.

Open daily for lunch, dinner and snacks, the Tulip Festival Mirror Tent will be a highlight of the 2008 Canadian Tulip Festival.



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Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Huge Rally to Save CBC Radio Orchestra


Wednesday April 16, 2008 ČŢĺ─Â Standing on guard for the CBC Radio Orchestra, April 20 at 2:00 pm CBC Radio Two listeners are following up on last weekĺ─˘s successful staging of a coast to coast National Day Of Action to demand CBC brass back down on their apparent systematic destruction of the Radio 2 network and their decision to replace it with programming completely foreign to it's core audiences. The rally Sunday is a call to the CBC Board and Management to restore the CBC Radio Orchestra within a revitalized CBC Radio Two.ČŢ
The rally on Sunday starting at 2:00 pm is an hour before the orchestraĺ─˘s regularly scheduled, and nearly sold-out, performance at 3:00 pm. ČŢ
The natural amphitheatre at the Chan entrance is a dramatic location, which will accommodate an impressive number of supporters, while allowing the 1,200 concert-goers easy access.
ĺ─˙Itĺ─˘s not the usual sort of prelude to an afternoon of live music at the Chanĺ─¨ said Canadian Music Centre head Colin Miles. ĺ─˙This situation has become a flashpoint for the general downgrading of CBC by the people who have been entrusted with our precious public broadcasting system."
ĺ─˙We are seeing the end of a cultural treasure that serves Canadians coast to coast and is an essential player in our musical exports to the world. ČŢElimination of the CBC Orchestra is the destruction of our ability to tell our stories. ČŢIt amounts to censorship and stifling of free expression of our composers" he stated.
ĺ─˙At 2 cents per year per person, how can CBC management, the board and Parliament agree to this? The issue has now been raised on the floor of the House of Commons and we will be keeping the pressure up.ĺ─¨ added Colin Miles.
Three years ago CBC management stopped the CBC Orchestra from working in the studio to record music for broadcast and CDs and told they could only give public performances. Renting concert halls and paying for publicity to promote concerts is expensive. This orchestra has a recording studio that was built for them and well trained creative producer, recording engineer and orchestra librarian on staff. CBC management needs to be reminded what power in creating programming they have by keeping their orchestra. We are calling on CBC to restore the orchestra and get it back into the studio to do what they do best for the benefit of all of Canada. As the CBC Radio Orchestra's own webpage states "With an audience as diverse as the Canadian experience, we create engaging musical radio programs, commission and perform new works as well as established classics, and showcase exceptional Canadian performers and conductors."
Rally organized by:
Save the CBC Orchestra Committee
Based in Vancouver, Reaching Across the Country <>ČŢ


PSO Offers the Opportunity to Hear Mahler's Symphony No. 1 for $25

PORTLAND, Maine ĺ─ý In order to showcase a tremendous piece of music ĺ─ý as well as their new Music Director Designate ĺ─ý the Portland Symphony Orchestra (PSO) presents Mahler's spectacular Symphony No. 1 in glorious Merrill Auditorium on Monday, May 5th for only $25 per person. For those who've never been to a PSO performance, and even for those who have, this Podium Prelude Concert offers an unparalleled opportunity to hear an hour-long concert designed to introduce incoming Music Director Robert Moody to Portland and the southern Maine community. All tickets are available for the same low price.

Deborah Galarneau, President of the PSO's Board of Trustees, said, "We have never been able to offer the community such a special event at such an economical price. And there is still the opportunity to get seats that would usually cost at least twice as much! We're thrilled to introduce the community to Maestro Moody at this special event."

Mahler's Symphony No. 1 is one of the most exciting and accessible works ever written for symphony orchestra. The first movement is full of birdsongs, the second movement is a folk dance, and the third movement is a spooky funeral march, with klezmer accents, based on the "Frere Jacques" melody. The stormy finale begins with an alarming bang and builds to a huge climax. Program notes and an audio invitation from Robert Moody are available at

In addition to the $25 tickets for the May 5 concert there are a limited number of $150 tickets, which include Grand Tier seating and an exclusive cocktail reception at the Cumberland Club with Robert Moody. Those tickets can be purchased by calling the PSO office at (207) 773-6128.

Robert Moody will direct Mahler's Symphony No. 1 again on Tuesday May 6 as part of the PSO's season finale concert. That program will also include Dan Locklair's PHOENIX for orchestra, a piece commissioned in 2006 by Robert Moody, and Haydn's Cello Concerto in D Major, with celebrated Canadian guest soloist Denise Djokic. Tickets are extremely limited to this event.

Tickets for the Podium Prelude and other PSO performances are available now through, by phone at 207-842-0800, or at the PortTix box office, 20 Myrtle St., Monday through Saturday from noon to 6 p.m.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Madame Butterfly - compagnie invitłęe des GBCM - Houston Ballet

Invitłę des Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montrłęal,

LE Houston Ballet prłęsente

Madame Butterfly de Stanton Welch

łŢ la Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier de la Place des Arts

les 1er, 2 et 3 mai 2008 łŢ 20 h

Montrłęal, le 26 mars 2008 ĺ─ţ Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montrłęal accueillent en mai prochain le Houston Ballet, l'une des meilleures compagnies de ballet aux łÔtats-Unis. Aprł«s avoir conquis le public montrłęalais avec Giselle en avril 2006, la troupe revient dans la młętropole pour offrir la dłęchirante histoire de Madame Butterfly, dans une version chorłęgraphiłęe par le directeur artistique du Houston Ballet, Stanton Welch. Unique compagnie invitłęe au cours de la prochaine saison, le Houston Ballet saura en łęmouvoir plus d'un avec cette grande ëýuvre lyrique, portłęe par la musique de Puccini. Cette invitation s'inscrit dans une entente de rłęciprocitłę qui permettra aux Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montrłęal de se prłęsenter dans la słęrie de danse du Houston Ballet, en novembre 2008.

Č┤ łÔmouvante, magnifiquement dansłęe par la compagnie sur la somptueuse musique de Puccini, cette Madame Butterfly constitue l'un des plus beaux ballets de Welch. Ȭ (Houston Press, 2007)


Cinquił«me plus grande compagnie de ballet aux łÔtats-Unis, le Houston Ballet se produit en Europe, en Asie, au Canada et dans de nombreuses villes amłęricaines. Ses origines remontent łŢ 1955, annłęe oł╝ les membres fondateurs de la Houston Ballet Foundation caressaient le rłüve de mettre sur pied une compagnie de ballet et une łęcole de danse dans leur ville. Si l'łęcole ĺ─ţ la Houston Ballet Academy ĺ─ţ voyait le jour la młüme annłęe, il faudra attendre 1969 pour que soit fondłęe la compagnie de ballet. Celle-ci sera alors placłęe sous la direction de Nina Popova, ancienne danseuse des Ballets russes de Monte-Carlo et de l'American Ballet Theatre. Aujourd'hui, la troupe texane regroupe plus d'une cinquantaine d'łęblouissants danseurs, dont plusieurs ont remportłę des młędailles d'or ou d'argent lors de compłętitions de danse internationales. Č┤ L'une des premił«res choses qui frappe dans cette compagnie, c'est la technique sans failles, non seulement des danseurs principaux, mais de tous les danseurs. Ȭ (Dance Europe, Londres)


Premier ballet intłęgral chorłęgraphiłę par Stanton Welch, Madame Butterfly fut crłęłę pour l'Australian Ballet en 1995. Conł▀u alors que Welch n'a que 24 ans, Madame Butterfly n'en constitue pas moins l'ëýuvre łŢ laquelle il est aujourd'hui le plus identifiłę. Inspirłę par l'opłęra de Puccini, ce ballet en deux actes relate la tragique histoire de la belle geisha Cio-Cio-San, passionnłęment amoureuse d'un officier de marine amłęricain, le cynique Pinkerton, au point de renoncer aux conventions sociales et de renier sa famille pour lui. Ce sacrifice lui coł¬tera ultimement la vie. Le ballet brille notamment par le superbe pas de deux qui clłąt le premier acte, oł╝ le couple cłęlł«bre sa nuit de noces. La musique fut arrangłęe par John Lanchbery (1923-2003), chef d'orchestre britannique qui a łęgalement signłę les arrangements musicaux de six autres productions du Houston Ballet. Madame Butterfly de Stanton Welch figure au rłępertoire du Houston Ballet, du National Ballet, du Royal New Zealand Ballet, de l'Atlanta Ballet et du Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre.

Č┤ ł─ l'instar de Romłęo et Juliette, Madame Butterfly est une histoire d'amour merveilleuse et cłęlł«bre, affirme le chorłęgraphe. Lorsque j'ai commencłę łŢ m'intłęresser łŢ la chorłęgraphie, je travaillais comme figurant pour l'Australian Opera. Quand mon pł«re me raccompagnait łŢ la maison, je le pressais de questions sur les diffłęrents opłęras, łŢ la recherche de l'histoire qui me semblerait la mieux adaptłęe au ballet. Il me parlait avec passion et avec force dłętails de l'amour fatal de Cio-Cio-San pour Pinkerton. Cette histoire allait me passionner łŢ mon tour. Ȭ


Nłę łŢ Melbourne de parents danseurs, Stanton Welch a łętłę formłę łŢ la San Francisco Ballet School. Il se joint ensuite łŢ l'Australian Ballet oł╝ il est promu au rang de soliste. En 1990, il rłęalise sa premił«re ëýuvre pour la compagnie et, en 1995, il est nommłę chorłęgraphe rłęsident de l'Australian Ballet. Chorłęgraphe parmi les plus en vue de sa głęnłęration, Welch a crłęłę des ëýuvres pour, entre autres, le Houston Ballet, le San Francisco Ballet, l'American Ballet Theatre, l'Australian Ballet, le Birmingham Royal Ballet et le Royal Danish Ballet. Trł«s actif sur la scł«ne internationale, Welch reł▀oit des commandes des plus prestigieuses compagnies au monde. Arrivłę łŢ la barre du Houston Ballet en juillet 2003, il a su insuffler łęnergie, dynamisme et vision renouvelłęe łŢ la compagnie texane. Il a notamment enrichi son rłępertoire par des ëýuvres d'łęminents chorłęgraphes et attirłę łŢ Houston les meilleurs entrałĂneurs et małĂtres de ballet pour travailler avec les danseurs. Pour le Houston Ballet, il a chorłęgraphiłę Indigo (1999), Bruiser (2000), Tales of Texas (2004), Blindness (2004), Bolero (2004), Nosotros (2005), Brigade (2006) et Le lac des cygnes (2006).

Laissez-vous toucher par la tragique histoire de Madame Butterfly, telle que racontłęe par Stanton Welch et par les magnifiques danseurs du Houston Ballet, les 1er, 2 et 3 mai 2008 łŢ 20 h łŢ la Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier de la Place des Arts. Billets en vente łŢ la Place des Arts, 514-842-2112 /

Des causeries animłęes auront lieu au Piano Nobile de la Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier avant toutes les reprłęsentations, de 19 h łŢ 19 h 30.


Pour des renseignements sur les diffłęrente formules d'abonnement des Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montrłęal, les forfaits de groupe et les privilł«ges exceptionnels qui leur sont rattachłęs, le grand public est invitłę łŢ tłęlłęphoner au 514-849-0269 ou łŢ consulter le site Le site offre łęgalement des renseignements sur les autres spectacles, la compagnie et les danseurs.


As a guest of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montrłęal

Houston Ballet presents

Madame Butterfly by Stanton Welch

At Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier of Place des Arts

May 1, 2 and 3, 2008, at 8 p.m.

Montrłęal, March 26 , 2008 ĺ─ţ Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montrłęal will once again welcome the Houston Ballet, one of the best ballet companies in the United States, this coming May. Having won Montrealers' hearts with Giselle in April 2006, the troupe is returning to the city to perform the wrenching story of Madame Butterfly, in a version choreographed by the Houston Ballet's Artistic Director, Stanton Welch. As the sole guest company of Les Grands' coming season, the Houston Ballet will touch audiences with this major lyrical work, carried by the music of Puccini. This guest visit is part of an exchange agreement which in turn will have Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montrłęal performing in the Houston Ballet's dance series in November 2008.

"Poignant, beautifully danced by the company to a lush Puccini score, this Madame Butterfly is definitely one of the finest story ballets by Welch." (Houston Press, 2007).


The Houston Ballet is the U.S.'s fifth-biggest ballet company, and performs in Europe, Asia, Canada and numerous American cities. Its origins date back to 1955, when the founding members of the Houston Ballet Foundation dreamt of creating a ballet company and a dance school in their home city. While the schoolĺ─ţthe Houston Ballet Academyĺ─ţwas born that same year, it was not until 1969 that the ballet company saw the light of day. It was placed under the direction of Nina Popova, former dancer with the Ballet Russe de Monte-Carlo and the American Ballet Theatre. Today, the Texan troupe brings together 54 incredible dancers, many of whom have won gold and silver medals at international dance competitions.

"One of the first things that hits you about this company is the technical strengths not just of its principals, but throughout the ranks." (Dance Europe, London).


Madame Butterfly, the first full ballet to be choreographed by Stanton Welch, was premiered by the Australian Ballet in 1995. Mr. Welch created Madame Butterfly at the tender age of 24, and it remains the work with which he is most often identified. Inspired by Puccini's opera, the two-act ballet relates the tragic story of the beautiful geisha Cio-Cio-San, who falls passionately in love with the cynical American navy officer Pinkerton, defying the rules of society and renouncing her family. Her sacrifice ultimately costs her her life. The high point of the piece is a pas de deux with Pinkerton and Cio-Cio-San, which celebrates their marriage and closes Act I. The music is arranged by John Lanchbery (1923-2003), the British conductor who also created musical arrangements for six other Houston Ballet productions. Mr. Welch's Madame Butterfly holds a place in the repertories of the Houston Ballet, the National Ballet, the Royal New Zealand Ballet, the Atlanta Ballet and the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre.

"Madame Butterfly is a wonderful and famous love story, along the lines of Romeo and Juliet," says Mr. Welch. "When I first became interested in choreography I was working as an extra with the Australian Opera. While my father drove me home, I would quiz him on various opera stories, searching for the one most suited for ballet. The one he spoke about most passionately, and in the most detail, is the story of Cio-Cio-San and her fatal love for Pinkerton. It was later to become my passion, too."


Born in Melbourne to dancer parents, Stanton Welch trained at the San Francisco Ballet School. He then joined the Australian Ballet, where he was promoted to the rank of soloist. In 1990, he choreographed his first work for the company, and in 1995 he was appointed choreographer-in-residence. As one of the highest-profile choreographers of his generation, Mr. Welch has created works for the Houston Ballet, the San Francisco Ballet, the American Ballet Theatre, the Australian Ballet, the Birmingham Royal Ballet and the Royal Danish Ballet. Mr. Welch is highly active on the international scene, with commissions from numerous prestigious companies around the world.

When he arrived at the Houston Ballet in July 2003, Mr. Welch suffused the Texan company with his energy, renewed vision and dynamic approach. Among other things, he enriched its repertoire with works from eminent choreographers and attracted the best instructors and ballet masters to Houston to work with the dancers. For the Houston Ballet, he choreographed Indigo (1999), Bruiser (2000), Tales of Texas (2004), Blindness (2004), Bolero (2004), Nosotros (2005), Brigade (2006), and Swan Lake (2006).

Let yourself be moved by the tragic story of Madame Butterfly as told by Stanton Welch and the magnificent dancers of the Houston Ballet, on May 1, 2 and 3, 2008, at 8 p.m. at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier of Place des Arts.

There will be talks on Madame Butterfly prior to every show, from 7 to 7:30 p.m. in the Piano Nobile of Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier.


For information on the various ways in which you can subscribe to the Les Grands Ballets Canadiens program, on group packages and on the special privileges that accompany them, members of the public should phone 514-849-0269 or visit our website at The site also provides information on other shows, the company and its dancers.

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Monday, April 14, 2008

Sound Worlds: Dialogue with the composer Hans Tutschku

Tuesday, April 15 2008 at 5 pm.
Goethe-Institut Montreal, 418 Sherbrooke East
Free Admission

In this presentation, the composer and installation artist Hans Tutschku provides insight into his composition. The artist, who is German, has since 2004 taught electronic music at Harvard University. Tutschku is known for basing his sound installations and compositions on acoustic impressions from his surroundings. In his compositions, recordings from different sound worlds, often from far-away places, become the material for new electro-acoustic worlds. In addition to talking about his creative approach to his acoustic surroundings, Tutschku will also present the underlying concept of his work and discuss how our environment can be shaped acoustically and through composition.

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Free lecture: Sunday-@-the-Segal, before The Odd Couple, May 4, 11:00am, with Andy Nulman

CBC Radio One Presents


A series of intimate conversation and riveting lectures at

The Leanor and Alvin Segal Theatre

Andy Nulman

Don't miss Sunday-@-the-Segal for the upcoming production, The Odd Couple, as we welcome local connoisseur of comedy, Andy Nulman. Andy prides himself as having always marched to the beat of a different drum. Who better, then, to talk about being odd? Join us for a Sunday-@-the-Segal that guarantees to be different, surprising, unexpected, fun, unique and innovative. Andy is the President and CMO of Airborne Mobile but is perhaps best known for his 15-year tenure as CEO of Montreal's renowned Just For Laughs International Comedy Festival. An acclaimed and thought-provoking public speaker who has motivated and challenged Fortune 500 companies such as GM, Eveready/Energizer, 3M and Wal-Mart, Mr. Nulman has also written two best-selling books, How To Do The Impossible and I Almost Killed George Burns. Andy was named one of the Top 40 Under 40 business leaders by the Financial Post in 1997, voted one of the Top 100 Montrealers of the 20th century by the Montreal Gazette in 2000 and was honoured as a distinguished recipient of the McGill Management Achievement Award in 2004.

Sunday, May 4, 2008, 11 AM

Coffee and refreshments will be served in the lobby

(Tickets on sale now for the first preview of The Odd Couple at 1:30 pm)

At the Leanor and Alvin Segal Theatre, 5170 Cote Ste. Catherine Rd.

FREE ADMISSION!! No reservations necessary, general admission

The Leanor and Alvin Segal Theatre and Delmar present

The Odd Couple, May 4-25, 2008

For tickets call (514) 739-7944 or log on to


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Friday, April 11, 2008

Ute Lemper Sings Kurt Weill with the TSO

The Toronto Symphony Orchestra today announced that vocalist Ute Lemper will perform Kurt Weill's Seven Deadly Sins on Wednesday, October 1, and Thursday, October 2, at Roy Thomson Hall and then travel with the TSO to Carnegie Hall on Saturday, October 4, 2008.

This performance of Weill's Seven Deadly Sins replaces the previously announced North American premił«re of Benjamin Yusupov's Viola Tango Rock Concerto. Maxim Vengerov and dancer Christiane Palha, who were originally scheduled to perform as soloists in the Yusupov work, will no longer appear as part of this concert. Mr. Vengerov has cancelled his appearance due to personal reasons. The remainder of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra's programme, Shostakovich's Symphony No. 11 "The Year 1905", is unchanged.

Multi-talented German sensation Ute Lemper is a singer, songwriter, painter, actress, and writer. Deeply influenced by her homeland's dark, complex, and powerfully creative past, Lemper is one of the most compelling and versatile artists in the world today. Along with other influential artists such as Lou Reed, Nina Hagen, and Roger Waters, Ute Lemper is today's keeper of the Weimar-era creative flame.

As a young composer, Kurt Weill (1900 - 1950) was drawn to musical theatre and vocal music, and his songs were tremendously popular throughout Germany by the beginning of the 1930s. He composed his sung ballet (ballet chantłę), The Seven Deadly Sins (Die sieben Todsł║nden) in 1933, a very turbulent time throughout Europe. Because of his Jewish background and creative collaborations with leftist writer Bertolt Brecht, Weill was forced to flee his native country and settle in Paris. The highly satirical The Seven Deadly Sins was Weill's last work composed in his European theatre style, most notably characterized by its directness. After his death in 1950, his widow Lotte Lenya revived this remarkable work, known for its biting critique of capitalism and remarkably haunting music. Since then, it has never lost its appeal with audiences and performers alike. Ms. Lemper's 1990 recording of The Seven Deadly Sins is available on the Decca label.

Peter Oundjian, conductor
Ute Lemper, vocalist
Kurt Weill The Seven Deadly Sins
Dmitri Shostakovich Symphony No. 11 in G Minor, Op. 103 "The Year 1905"
Wednesday, October 1 & Thursday, October 1, 2008 at 8pm at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto
Saturday, October 4, 2008 at 8pm at Carnegie Hall in New York

And can be purchased by calling the Toronto Symphony Subscriber Hotline at 416.598.3375
or online

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Confłęrence de l'ethnomusicologue Simha Arom et lancement de deux ouvrages, le lundi 21 avril

ł─ lĺ─˘occasion du lancement de La bołĂte łŢ outils dĺ─˘un ethnomusicologue
et du cłędłęplus Madagascar : Imerina et Antandroy :

Č┤ Le terrain comme laboratoire Ȭ : confłęrence de Simha Arom

Montrłęal, le 11 avril 2008 ĺ─ý Le Laboratoire de recherche sur les musiques du monde et la Chaire de recherche du Canada en ethnomusicologie prłęsentent, le lundi 21 avril prochain, łŢ compter de 16 h, une confłęrence du rłęputłę ethnomusicologue Simha Arom, directeur de recherche łęmłęrite au Centre National de Recherche Scientifique (CNRS, France).

Prłęcurseur ayant profondłęment renouvelłę les młęthodes de recherche sur le terrain, lĺ─˘ethnomusicologue sĺ─˘entretiendra avec le public sur sa vaste expłęrience, qui cumule 40 ans dĺ─˘łętude des musiques de peuples dĺ─˘Afrique subsaharienne, notamment. Cet entretien sera suivi du lancement officiel par les Presses de lĺ─˘Universitłę de Montrłęal (PUM) de La bołĂte łŢ outils dĺ─˘un ethnomusicologue, un florilł«ge des articles les plus emblłęmatiques de Simha Arom, prłęsentłęs et rłęunis par Nathalie Fernando, professeure łŢ lĺ─˘Universitłę de Montrłęal titulaire de la Chaire de recherche du Canada en ethnomusicologie.

Le Laboratoire de recherche sur les musiques (LRMM) du monde lancera łęgalement, łŢ cette occasion, le cłędłęplus Madagascar : Imerina et Antandroy, dirigłę par Monique Desroches, directrice du LRMM, et rłęalisłę en collaboration avec Luc Bouvrette et Violaine Debailleul. Le CD audio avec contenu interactif met en valeur deux des patrimoines les plus riches de Madagascar : les musiques des Hauts-Plateaux d'Antananarivo (Imerina) et celles du sud de l'łĂle (pays antandroy).

Lĺ─˘Ensemble de musique balinaise Giri Kedaton, en rłęsidence łŢ lĺ─˘Universitłę de Montrłęal, offrira une prestation musicale, dans le cadre de cette soirłęe.


Programme :

16 h ĺ─ý Č┤ Le terrain comme laboratoire Ȭ : confłęrence de Simha Arom, ethnomusicologue, directeur de recherche łęmłęrite au CNRS

17 h ĺ─ý prestation de Lĺ─˘Ensemble de musique balinaise Giri Kedaton
(Gamelan gender wayang et Gamelan selonding)

17 h 30 ĺ─ý Lancement dĺ─˘ouvrages

Simha Arom ĺ─ý La bołĂte łŢ outil dĺ─˘un ethnomusicologue (PUM)

Monique Desroches ĺ─ý Madagascar : Imerina et Antandroy (CD+), (UdeM, Agence intergouvernementale de la Francophonie)

18 h 15 ĺ─ý

Lundi 21 avril 2008

Facultłę de musique de lĺ─˘Universitłę de Montrłęal

200, Vincent-dĺ─˘Indy, Montrłęal

(młętro łÔdouard-Montpetit)

Salle Serge-Garant (B-484) ĺ─ý confłęrence et lancement

Foyer de la salle Claude-Champagne ĺ─ý cocktail

Renseignements : 514 343-6427 /

Entrłęe libre


Lĺ─˘ethnomusicologue Simha Arom est directeur de recherche łęmłęrite au Centre National de Recherche Scientifique. Rłęputłę pour avoir łętabli des młęthodes de recherche novatrices et ainsi renouvelłę la discipline, il sĺ─˘est intłęressłę, depuis le dłębut des annłęes 1960, aux musiques des peuples dĺ─˘Afrique subsaharienne, dont les Banda Linda et les Pygmłęes. Dł«s ses premił«res recherches sur le terrain, Simha Arom a priorisłę la transcription et lĺ─˘analyse des musiques et favorisłę une approche multidisciplinaire.

La bołĂte łŢ outils dĺ─˘un ethnomusicologue comprend un florilł«ge des articles les plus emblłęmatiques de Simha Arom, rłęunis et prłęsentłęs par Nathalie Fernando. Lĺ─˘enseignement et la qułüte scientifique de lĺ─˘ethnomusicologue y sont synthłętisłęs. On y dłęcouvre une approche rigoureuse et des outils młęthodologiques novateurs, des analyses et des mises en contexte łęclairantes.

Le cłędłęplus Madagascar : Imerina et Antandroy, dirigłę par Monique Desroches et rłęalisłę en collaboration avec Luc Bouvrette et Violaine Debailleul, est un CD audio avec contenu interactif qui met en valeur deux des patrimoines les plus riches de Madagascar : les musiques des Hauts-Plateaux d'Antananarivo (Imerina) et celles du sud de l'łĂle (pays antandroy). De la cithare Č┤ valiha Ȭ au luth Č┤ kabosy Ȭ, en passant par le style chantłę Č┤ beko Ȭ et la danse Č┤ tsinzabe Ȭ, vous serez słęduits par le talent remarquable de ces musiciens et chanteurs.

Crłęłę en 1995, le Laboratoire de recherche sur les musiques du monde (LRMM) est un lieu de recherche, de documentation, dĺ─˘animation et de diffusion sur lĺ─˘ethnomusicologie, les musiques du monde et les cultures musicales intłęgrłę, depuis 2007 łŢ lĺ─˘OICCM. Le LRMM se veut un lieu de concertation, d'animation et d'łęchanges en ethnomusicologie. Il regroupe des professeurs, des chercheurs et des łętudiants intłęressłęs łŢ lĺ─˘analyse des traditions musicales du monde. On y retrouve un centre de documentation spłęcialisłę sur les musiques du monde, une programmation d'enseignement, de recherche et d'animation dans le domaine des traditions musicales, une collection scientifique de plus de 550 instruments de musique du monde, une station multimłędia en ethnomusicologie (production de CD-ROMs, de DVD-ROMs, et diffusion multimłędia en ligne et un service łŢ la collectivitłę (expositions d'instruments de musique, confłęrences, centre de documentation).

Lĺ─˘Observatoire international de la crłęation et des cultures musicales (OICCM), dirigłę par Michel Duchesneau, est un groupe de recherche interuniversitaire et international qui travaille sur les thłęmatiques głęnłęrales de la crłęation et des cultures musicales. Cette łęquipe compte dłęjłŢ prł«s dĺ─˘une vingtaine de chercheurs qułębłęcois, canadiens et łętrangers. Lĺ─˘OICCM est conł▀u pour permettre le dłęveloppement de la recherche en musicologie, ethnomusicologie, composition instrumentale et łęlectroacoustique. Il regroupe trois laboratoires : Laboratoire musique, histoire et sociłętłę; Laboratoire informatique acoustique et musique; Laboratoire de recherche sur les musiques du monde.

Les Presses de lĺ─˘Universitłę de Montrłęal ont łętłę crłęłęes en 1962. Elles poursuivent quatre objectifs : diffuser les rłęsultats de la recherche universitaire par des livres, des revues savantes et l'łędition łęlectronique; transfłęrer des connaissances scientifiques łŢ un large public; participer łŢ la vie de la Citłę en proposant des rłęflexions sur des questions d'actualitłę et contribuer au rayonnement national et international de l'Universitłę de Montrłęal.

Lĺ─˘Ensemble de musique balinaise Giri Kedaton a łętłę crłęłę en 1994 łŢ lĺ─˘initiative de Sylvain Mathieu, łŢ la suite du don łŢ la Facultłę de musique de lĺ─˘Universitłę de Montrłęal par le gouvernement indonłęsien dĺ─˘un gamelan, orchestre de percussions typique de l'Asie du Sud-Est, łŢ la sonoritłę łętrange et envoł¬tante. Giri Kedaton est aujourdĺ─˘hui dirigłę par Gabriel Evangelista et łÔric Vandal. L'orchestre de percussions indonłęsiennes de la Facultłę de musique demeure l'un des seuls au Canada.

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Source :

Julie Fortier

Facultłę de musique ĺ─ý Universitłę de Montrłęal


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Thursday, April 10, 2008

PSO Announces KinderKonzert Percussion Program, May 9-16

Introducing young children to instrument families and musical concepts

PORTLAND, Maine ĺ─ý The Portland Symphony Orchestra (PSO) percussion ensemble will take students on an around-the-world adventure with "KinderKonzert Percussion: Cowboy Ed Rides Again!" Students will hear a variety of new rhythms and beats throughout the tale, which will be presented May 9-16 in Windham, Portland, Brunswick, South Portland, Lewiston and Saco, Maine.

In Cowboy Ed Rides Again, Ed is lost and keeps ending up in different parts of the world. At each stop, Ed learns about the various cultures, instruments and dance traditions and then brings home a new song from each land. Narrated by Jerry and Lisa Leake, audiences will hear a range of global rhythms and beats, and see dances from Spain, China, India, Brazil and other countries. Kids will learn dances from the African Dagomba to the tango and will learn to sing the African song "Na Yella Bo," in addition to much more.

KinderKonzerts are fun, interactive programs with Portland Symphony musicians where kids ages 3 - 7 can sing, dance, wiggle, clap, and have fun listening and learning about music and instruments. School systems can coordinate the KinderKonzert visit with Science and English Language Arts instruction in addition to Visual and Performing Arts. Specially prepared worksheets designed to support Maine's Learning Results are available online or by contacting the PSO.

KinderKonzerts are sponsored by Time Warner Cable, with the following local businesses providing underwriting support of Cowboy Ed: CBRE/The Boulos Company for the May 12th Portland performances, Saco & Biddeford Savings Institution for the May 14th South Portland shows, and Casella Waste Systems, Inc. for the May 16th programs in Saco.

All tickets for the PSO's KinderKonzerts are $3. For additional information and reservations visit or call (207) 773-6128. For school reservations, please contact the PSO Reservation Coordinator at (207) 773-6128, Ext. 306 or

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The Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ Welcome Ben Van Oosten April 19 for a French Romantic Concert

PORTLAND, Maine ĺ─ý The Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ (FOKO) welcome guest organist Ben van Oosten from the Netherlands on Tuesday, April 29th for a French Romantic Concert in Portland's Merrill Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Van Oosten will join Portland Municipal Organist Ray Cornils for a pre-concert talk at 6:30 p.m.

The concert will feature works from the great French organ romantic literature, including Alexandre Guilmant's, Sonate nr. 1 in D minor, Op. 4, Charles-Marie Widor's, Trois Nouvelles Pił«ces, Op. 87, Cłęsar Franck's, Choral nr. 1 in E major, and Louis Vierne's, Symphony nr. 3 in f-sharp minor, Op. 28.

Van Oosten is one of the foremost international organists of today, best known for his highly-regarded recordings of French romantic organ literature for the MD&G label, including the eight sonatas of Alexandre Guilamnt and the complete organ works of Louis Vierne and Charles-Marie Widor. Van Oosten, born in The Hague in 1955, studied the organ and piano at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amersterdam and later studied in Paris. Aside from his concert career, van Oosten is an organ professor at the Rotterdam Conservatory, where he teaches students from all over the world. Today, van Oosten serves as organist at the Grote Kerk in The Hague and is artistic director of the annual International Organ Festival.

Suggested admission at the door is $15, attendees under 21 are free.

About the Kotzschmar Organ
The Kotzschmar Memorial Organ, built in 1912 by the Austin Organ Company of Hartford Connecticut, is this nation's oldest working municipal organ. With 5 manuals for the hands, a 32-note pedal board, 6857 pipes from Čç inch to 32 feet in length, 87 stops, 101 ranks, it is truly one of this nation's musical treasures.

About Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ
Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ was founded in 1981 as a result of the city of Portland's need to withdraw funding for the organ due to financial limitations. Today, dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the Kotzschmar Organ, the Friend's responsibilities include raising funds, presenting concerts and educational programs and engaging the services of a Municipal Organist.

For more information on any of the concerts contact Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ Executive Director Kathleen Grammer, 207-883-4234 or visit


Tuesday, April 29, 2008

The Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ present:

Ray Cornils, Municipal Organist and

Ben van Oosten, Guest Organist

at Merrill Auditorium ĺ─ý Portland, Maine

Sonate nr. 1 in D minor, Op. 42 (1874) ĺ─ý Alexandre Guilmant (1837-1911)

Introduction et Allegro

Pastorale (Andante quasi Allegretto)

Final (Allegro assai)

From "Trois Nouvelles Pił«ces", Op. 87 (1934) ĺ─ý Charles-Marie Widor (1844-1937)


Choral nr. 1 in E major (1890) -- Cłęsar Franck (1822-1890)


Symphony nr. 3 in f-sharp minor, Op.28 (1911) ĺ─ý Louis Vierne (1870-1937)

Allegro mał┤stoso





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PORTopera Hosts Dinner/Dance & Auction, May 9


PORTLAND, Maine ĺ─ý PORTopera's annual Dinner/Dance & Auction, an evening of "Romance and Revelry in Fair Verona," celebrating and supporting PORTopera's 2008 mainstage production of Gounod's ever-popular Romłęo et Juliette, will be held on Friday, May 9th, at the Portland Marriott.

The night begins with a sumptuous northern Italian dinner ĺ─ý from thematic Italian Wedding Soup to Saltimbocca Chicken and Shrimp Scampi in Lemon Caper Sauce ĺ─ý finished with a Warm Chocolate Lava Cake served with fresh whipped cream. The Bob Charest band, voted Maine's Best Band again last year, will make an encore visit to play for dinner and dancing. Some of USM's brightest and finest voice students will provide a few arias, accompanied by Aaron Robinson. Master of Ceremonies is stage and screen actor Frank E. Reilly, a San Francisco award-winning director and husband of event co-chair Sharon Reilly. Special guest Frere Laurent (Friar Lawrence) from Romłęo et Juliette will be portrayed by Peter Panagore, the Channel 6 Daily Devotions Pastor and best-selling Maine author of "Two Minutes for God."

Auctioneer John Locke will again try to break all previous records for bids on donated auction items and adventures; among the items this year will be walk-on roles in Romłęo et Juliette, a sunset cruise with Pam and Peter Plumb aboard their handsome ketch "Boheme," a gourmet dinner for ten, a trip for two to the Metropolitan Opera, a commissioned portrait by British artist Davinia Hart, cooking lessons in a gourmet chef's own kitchen, and a 12-day trip to China, featuring 5-star hotel stays in Shanghai and Beijing and six days of cruising the Yangtze River (included are the Three Gorges, Xian-home of the terra cotta warriors, the Great Wall, and, of course, the Peking Opera).

Tickets to the Dinner, Dance & Auction are $125 per person, and can be obtained by calling the PORTopera office at (207) 879-7678. Co-chairs Sharon Reilly, Larry Soule, and Bonnie Riddle welcome additional Table Hosts; the cost per table of eight is $1,000, to be paid in advance.

An extra-special offer is being extended to young lovers: one table of eight is reserved for couples age 35 and under ĺ─ý the ticket price is $75 per person.

PORTopera's presentation of Romłęo et Juliette will be Thursday and Saturday July 24th and 26th at Merrill Auditorium in Portland. Tickets will be available beginning in mid-April and can be purchased online at, by phone at 207-842-0800, or in person at the 20 Myrtle Street box office in Portland, between noon and 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

About Romłęo et Juliette:
Romłęo et Juliette is renowned French composer Charles Gounod's operatic interpretation of the legendary Shakespearean tragedy and very closely follows Shakespeare's well-known play. On the heels of Gounod's success with his rendition of Faust (performed by PORTopera in 2002), Romłęo et Juliette opened on April 27, 1867 at the Thłęłótre-Lyrique in Paris, where its immediate and remarkable acclaim demanded 100 consecutive nights of performances. It has long remained one of
France's most prized operas.

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Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Raise a Ruckus for Radio Two

April 7TH, 2008


On Friday, April 11th, 2008 at 12:00pm Eastern Time, the 12,500 strong members of a hastily arranged Facebook group entitled ĺ─˙Save Classical Music at the CBCĺ─¨ will be holding a NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION called ĺ─˙RAISE A RUCKUS FOR RADIO TWO!ĺ─¨ in over a dozen cities across Canada.

In response to recently announced programming changes at CBC Radio Two and the planned axing of the famed CBC Vancouver Radio Orchestra, classical music fans, musicians and Radio Two listeners are planning to take to the streets in front of their local CBC installations in every province simultaneously. Demonstrations are to be held at CBC facilities in Victoria, Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Toronto, London, Ottawa, Montreal, Halifax, Charlottetown and St. Johnĺ─˘s; with possible demonstrations to be held in Regina, Kingston, ON, and Saint John, NB as well.

Disappointment with the planned changes has been swiftly building and increasingly vocal since the CBCĺ─˘s announcement of March 4th, where top executives including Richard Stursberg - head of CBC English services, Jennifer McGuire ĺ─ý head of CBC radio, and Mark Steinmetz ĺ─ý director of radio programming divulged that CBC Radio Twoĺ─˘s 40 year tradition as a primarily classical music broadcaster would be coming to a close. Weekday classical music programming is to be cut from 12 hours daily to 5 off-peak hours leading to the cancellation of many popular shows. Though listeners realize that shows and hosts come and go, most of the quality programming is to be replaced with pop music with sprinklings of light jazz and world music. Classical music fans and musicians feel as though they have lost a trusted and beloved member of the family ĺ─ý they feel like they are being punished for CBCĺ─˘s inability to stay true to its historical mandate and CBCĺ─˘s unwillingness to expand conventional broadcast services to include more diverse genres and programming.

Since coming into power, the current team of Programming Executives have been responsible for the fact that:

  • They have failed to transform the innovative Radio 3 into a national broadcast network, thereby necessitating, in their eyes, the gutting of Radio Twoĺ─˘s classical programming in order to satisfy their self-perceived mandate to be all things to all people.
  • The CBC Young Composers Competition and the CBC Young Performers Competition, have been suspended for the past four years. These two important domestic competitions had been instrumental in the development of some of Canadaĺ─˘s best musical talent including: Angela Hewitt, Ben Heppner, Jon Kimura Parker. The Canada Council provided the funding for the $10,000.00 grand prizes.
  • The CBC has, as of February, erased the classical music budget for CBC Records, precisely on the eve of their first Grammy win by Canadian violinist James Ehnes and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra under Bramwell Tovey on the CBC Records label. Many artists, such as Measha Brueggergosman, launched their careers on a CBC Records label recording.
  • The commissioning budget previously devoted to commissioning new works from composers is now spread out to cover jazz, pop musicians, and some unspecified amount of contemporary music. CBC says they will spend the same amount on classical commissions ĺ─ý but their track record is not looking good.
  • The proposed cuts for the Fall of 2008 represents further reductions in classical music content, eliminating classical music 6am to 10am and 3pm to 6pm - reducing by over half the overall classical weekday programming from 12 hours to 5 hours, and shifting all weekday classical programming to inconvenient, off-peak times of the day when no one who works or goes to school can tune in.
  • The axing of the 70 year old CBC Radio Orchestra: North America's last remaining radio orchestra and platform for countless premieres of new Canadian compositions. And then, one day after citing lack of resources as the reason for cutting the orchestra, buying an expensive full-page ad in a national newspaper to convince Canadians about how wonderful the evisceration of their national radio music network is - signed and supported by wealthy pop music recording industry executives and artists, the people who stand to gain monetarily from the demise of CBCĺ─˘s classical programming

All existing and long-standing weekday classical shows on Radio Two are to be cut, including:

  • Music & Company - Tom Allen's morning wake up show
  • Here's to You - Catherine Belyea's all-request show
  • Studio Sparks - due to the venerable Eric Friesen's "retirement"
  • Disc Drive - Jurgen Gothe's popular, 30 year old drive-home show
  • Sound Advice ĺ─ý Rick Philipsĺ─˘ extraordinarily informative and unique classical recording showcase and review

These changes come on the heels of last years round of cuts to vital programs such as:

  • Danielle Charbonneau's much-loved Music for a While;
  • Larry Lake's new composer showcase Two New Hours;
  • Symphony Hall - Canada's live orchestra recording showcase;
  • The Singer and the Song - Catherine Belyea's excellent Classical vocal program;
  • Northern Lights - the overnight Classical program beloved by Night Owls everywhere;
  • The reformatting of In Performance- a primarily classical live performance show into the unfocused Canada Live - a uniformly non-classical and confusing mix of various genres

The CBC claims financial constraints drive these cuts, yet spending in other areas, and support from the commercial recording industry suggest otherwise.

Canadian classical music fans and musicians and Radio Two listeners have had enough of this ĺ─˙concertedĺ─¨ and unprecedented campaign against classical and art music programming and infrastructure. Though their numbers may be relatively small compared to commercial radio, Radio Two listeners are among the most engaged and loyal in the world. They feel the have been betrayed and belittled by the current management team entrenched at the nationĺ─˘s public broadcaster.

We are expecting a large and lively turnout at CBC installations across Canada, in every province where Radio Two is heard and loved. These demonstrations will occur simultaneously at 1200hrs Eastern Time (9am in Vancouver, 1:30pm in St. Johnĺ─˘s, etc.). We are inviting all lovers of classical music and public support for the non-commercial arts scene in this country to join with us in calling for the restoration of Radio Twoĺ─˘s vital classical music programming and the reversal of the decision to axe the CBC Radio Orchestra. Let our voices ring out and be heard! We welcome and encourage all members of the print, radio, electronic and television media to cover this important story and join us on this important day for Canadaĺ─˘s classical music community.


The following is a list of local CBC facilities addresses across Canada where demonstrations are being planned, including local times and local contact information:

9am Pacific: Victoria: 1025 Pandora Avenue

Contact: Cecilia Porter -

9am Pacific: Vancouver: 775 Cambie Street

Contacts: David Taylor Gill -

Jocelyn Morlock ĺ─ý

John Oliver ĺ─ý

Michael Vincent ĺ─ý

Tanya Battaglia -

10am Mountain: Calgary: 1724 Westmount Blvd. NW

Contact - Andrew Nowry

Darren Young -

10am Mountain: Edmonton: 23 Edmonton City Centre, 10062-102nd Avenue

Contacts - Scott Bursey -

John Brough ĺ─ý

Peter McGillivray

10am Sask: Saskatoon: CBC 144 2nd Ave South

Contacts: Karen Mak

Lorraine McGrath Khachtourians

Brendan McLean -

10am Sask: Regina: 2440 Broad Street

11am Central: Winnipeg: 541 Portage Avenue

Contact: Jonathan Klassen -

12pm Eastern: Toronto: 250 Front Street West

Contacts: James Baldwin

Chris Foley

Kathleen Rudolph

12pm Eastern: London, ON: 208 Piccadilly Street

Contact: Forrest Pass -

Durval Cesetti -

12pm Eastern: Ottawa: 181 Queen Street, Ottawa - Meeting at Sparks Street entrance

Contact: James Wooten -

Gary Hayes -

12pm Eastern: Montreal: 1400 Rene Levesque East

Contact-Alexandra Fol -

Emily Gray -

Michael Shannon -

1pm Atlantic: Saint John: 560 Main Street

1pm Atlantic: Halifax: 1601 South Park

Contact: Christian Stalley -

Stephanie Moore -

Janet Brush -

1pm Atlantic: Charlottetown: 430 University Avenue

Contact Kate Huston -

1:30pm Newfoundland: St John's: 25 Henry Street

Contact: Heather Joyce -


Links and Web Resources:

Save Classical Music at the CBC

Save the CBC Radio Orchestra

Raise a Ruckus for Radio Two ĺ─ý Facebook Event Page

Vancouver composer, John Oliver's Ad Campaign Site

La Scena Musicale's list of web articles:

Save the CBC Orchestra

Save the CBC

For more general information, please contact Peter McGillivray ĺ─ý

or by phone at 647-895-6757


Le fondateur de La Scena Musicale Wah Keung Chan honorłę par le Collł«ge Vanier

See the English version of this release

Le 7 avril 2008 / La Scł«ne Musicale (LSM) est heureuse dĺ─˘annoncer que le fondateur et prłęsident de lĺ─˘organisme Wah Keung Chan sera honorłę lors du 10e concert-błęnłęfice Big Band annuel du Collł«ge Vanier, qui aura lieu le lundi 14 avril łŢ 19 h 30 dans lĺ─˘auditorium du collł«ge. Chaque annłęe, cet łęvłęnement rend hommage aux artistes musiciens qui ont laissłę leur marque dans la communautłę. La mission de LSM, soit la promotion de la musique classique et du jazz au Canada, allant de succł«s en succł«s, cet honneur semble particulił«rement młęritłę par Wah Keung, lui-młüme un ancien de Vanier.

Č┤ Cette annłęe, nous avons choisi Wah Keung Chan, explique Nadia Turbide, coordonnatrice du dłępartement de musique de Vanier, parce que son magazine, distribułę dans tout Montrłęal, est unique. La Scena Musicale offre un calendrier mensuel exhaustif des łęvłęnements musicaux dans la ville ainsi que des entrevues et des articles de fond sur les musiciens, les chefs et les compositeurs. Cĺ─˘est une vłęritable mine dĺ─˘or dĺ─˘information sur la musique. Aucun autre magazine ne couvre la musique de fał▀on aussi complł«te. Ȭ

Wah Keung a toujours fait preuve de leadership et d'innovation : dł«s ses annłęes dĺ─˘łętudes au Collł«ge Vanier, il a fondłę le club de mathłęmatique et le concours de mathłęmatique de Vanier, pour lesquels il a reł▀u un prix dĺ─˘excellence łŢ la remise des diplłąmes. Č┤ Je suis trł«s honorłę de recevoir cette reconnaissance, dit Wah Keung. Le mentorat que jĺ─˘ai reł▀u łŢ Vanier a aidłę łŢ former mon sens du leadership et łŢ me convaincre que mes initiatives pouvaient faire une diffłęrence rłęelle. Ȭ ł─ lĺ─˘Universitłę McGill, il a reł▀u le prix Scarlet Key pour avoir łętłę cofondateur du Live Wire, un journal pour les łętudiants en głęnie łęlectrique, et pour son leadership sur le campus. Il a par la suite aidłę łŢ revigorer la Scarlet Key Society en organisant la participation annuelle de lĺ─˘universitłę łŢ la course Terry Fox. En septembre 1996, Wah Keung a conjugułę son expłęrience en łędition, son amour de la musique classique, ses connaissances en informatique et son dłęvouement exceptionnel pour se lancer dans son projet le plus ambitieux, la publication dĺ─˘un magazine gratuit sur la musique classique, La Scena Musicale, quĺ─˘il continue de diriger comme łęditeur et rłędacteur en chef. Depuis, il a łęlargi la mission de cet organisme łŢ but non lucratif, la promotion de la musique classique, en lanł▀ant le magazine en anglais The Music Scene, La Scena Musicale Online, un site Web couronnłę de nombreux prix ( et, en septembre 2007, La SCENA, le seul magazine de Montrłęal consacrłę aux arts et łŢ la culture. En 2007, Wah Keung Chan a obtenu une mention dĺ─˘honneur aux Prix du magazine canadien (catłęgorie Arts et spectacles) pour son article Č┤ Lĺ─˘aura Nagano Ȭ paru dans le numłęro de dłęcembre 2006/janvier 2007 de LSM (vol. 12, no 4).

La soirłęe sera animłęe par la lłęgende montrłęalaise du jazz, le pianiste Oliver Jones, et des hommages seront rendus au contretłęnor de renommłęe mondiale Daniel Taylor, au młęcł«ne montrłęalais Noel Spinelli et łŢ la professeure de mathłęmatiques maintenant łŢ la retraite Carole Channer, premier mentor de Wah Keung. Parmi les artistes invitłęs se trouveront la chanteuse Jeri Brown, qui enregistre sur lĺ─˘łętiquette Justin Time, le Vanier Stage Band sous la direction de Jocelyn Couture et le J.L. Big Band ĺ─ý qui compte certains des meilleurs musiciens de jazz de Montrłęal ĺ─ý dirigłę par Christopher Smith.

Les profits de la soirłęe permettront au Collł«ge Vanier dĺ─˘offrir des bourses aux meilleurs łętudiants en musique de lĺ─˘łęcole; les prłęsentations de ces bourses aux rłęcipiendaires de 2008 se feront lors de lĺ─˘łęvłęnement. Les billets coł¬tent 20 $. On peut se les procurer soit łŢ lĺ─˘atelier dĺ─˘imprimerie du collł«ge, soit łŢ la porte le soir du concert.

> Voir le communiqułę du CłÔGEP Vanier
> Wah Keung Chan bio at Vanier's Notable Alumni Page

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SANCTUS: Amanda Pabyan featured in Heiligmesse (Haydn), Silete Venti (Handel), Sanctus settings w/Riverside Choral Society & Orchestra 5/17/08 8pm

The Riverside Choral Society is excited to announce our spring concert: SANCTUS, featuring one of Americaĺ─˘s most distinguished, new lyric-coloratura sopranos AMANDA PABYAN, described by the New York Times as ĺ─˙a brilliant coloraturaĺ─¨ and ĺ─˙technically agile, clarion toned and incisive.ĺ─¨

Pabyan will be featured in two infrequently performed choral gems: FJ Haydnĺ─˘s Heiligmesse and Handelĺ─˘s operatic motet, Silete Venti.

This will be an concert of masterworks from the classical to the contemporary, including Franz Joseph Haydn, George Frideric Handel, Felix Mendelssohn, Heitor Villa-Lobos, William Albright, and Jan SandstrłĆm, in Latin, Italian, and German. Everyone is invited to experience the exultation and mystery of these settings of the Mass, and Sanctus in particular. This is a rare opportunity to hear one of New York Cityĺ─˘s leading symphonic choirs present a gorgeous and historic performance of Haydnĺ─˘s gem, the Heiligmesse, Handelĺ─˘s ravishing Sileti Venti, and compare settings of the Sanctus spanning millennia and continents, including Gregorian Chant, Baroque, German Romanticism, 20th Century Latin romance and neo-mysticism. Featuring acclaimed soprano Amanda Pabyan, RCSĺ─˘s SANCTUS will be divinely delightful. We canĺ─˘t wait to sing for you and see you there!

Riverside Choral Society, now in its 27th year, has gained a reputation as one of New York Cityĺ─˘s premier choruses. In addition to its regular concert season under the baton of Dr. Patrick Gardner, RCS is frequently chosen as guest ensemble. Most recently Dr. Gardner prepared the chorus to join the Mannes Orchestra in Stravinskyĺ─˘s Symphony of Psalms at Carnegie Hall November 2007. In 2005 and 2006 RCS appeared with Kirov Opera Orchestra and the Rotterdam Philharmonic under the baton of Valery Gergiev for six concerts at Lincoln Center and NJPAC, including performances of Mahlerĺ─˘s Second Symphony and Shostakovichĺ─˘s Symphonies 2, 3, and 13. In recent years RCS has also appeared regularly at Lincoln Centerĺ─˘s Mostly Mozart Festival, and has been featured in collaborations with the Mark Morris Dance Company and at special events at the Museum of Jewish Heritage. For more information, please visit

Please post the concert announcement information and posters (below) to bulletin boards, newsletters, newspapers, departmental announcements, websites, event listings, classrooms, and anywhere they might be seen or searched, and forward this email to those who will find it of interest and can make such posts. Interest categories/tags: Settings of the Mass and Sanctus from the Baroque to the present, Catholic & Christian liturgy, Latin, choral music, classical music, religion, upcoming concerts and events.

Tickets can be purchased at the door, although advance ticket orders are strongly encouraged.

Looking forward to seeing you there!


Advance tickets can be ordered online here.

Night of the Performance: Cash (check, or money order made out to Riverside Choral Society) are accepted at the concert box office at the entrance to Holy Trinity Church (213 West 82nd Street) between 7-8pm.

QUESTIONS, GROUPS and SPECIAL REQUESTS: phone 347 404 5544 and email

PS: Singing with the RCS is a delight and an excellent education in choral singing, vocal technique, and classical repertoire. Those interested in singing with us, please explore our website where you can learn more about RCS, our repertoire (symphonic choral classics with an emphasis on liturgical), rehearsal schedule (Tuesdays 7-9:30pm, W100th St ĺ─ý come sit in), and schedule an audition with our director, Dr. Patrick Gardner. While the site mentions main auditions in August, they can happen at any time.


Franz Josef Haydn - Heiligmesse

George Frideric Handel - Silete Venti

Amanda Pabyan, soprano

William Albright - Sanctus from the Chichester Mass

Felix Mendelssohn - Heilig

Jan SandstrłĆm - Sanctus

Heitor Villa-Lobos - Sanctus and Benedictus from Missa Słúo Sebastiłúo

Amanda Pabyan, soprano

Kirsten Solleck, alto

Kurt Alakulppi, tenor

Brian McIntosh, bass-baritone

Patrick Gardner, Conducting

with Chamber Orchestra

Saturday, May 17, 2008 at 8:00 PM

Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church

213 W. 82nd Street

(between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue)

Tickets: $35, $25 ($10 for students with ID)

Ticket Orders:

Box Office Open 7-8pm prior to concert

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Koffler Centre of the Arts Gala - Superstar line-up announced

For Immediate Release: April 8, 2008 * Please include in listings/announcements

The Israel Ballet To Present A World Premiere At
Sunday, May 4, 2008 * Toronto Centre for the Arts

International dance superstars from around the world - including Germany, Israel, Lithuania, Russia, Spain, and Vienna and principals from the National Ballet of Canada - will grace the stage together on Sunday, May 4, 2008 at the Toronto Centre for the Arts for the 7th annual Stars of the 21st Century. Proceeds from the gala support the many programs of the Koffler Centre of the Arts.

Invited to Toronto for Israel @ 60, The Israel Ballet will present a world premiere at the Koffler Gala, from Berta Yampolsky artistic director and choreographer, featuring Nina Gershman and Alexander Utkin. Also appearing for the first time at Stars of the 21st Century, Compał▒łéa Nacional de Danza de Espał▒a from Madrid, will present two exciting works from renowned choreographer and artistic director, Nacho Duato, featuring Ana Marłéa Lłäpez and Francisco Lorenzo.

Miki Hamanaka
, Lithuania National Opera Ballet Theatre and Daniil Simkin, Vienna State Opera Ballet, will come together in Toronto to perform Don Quixote Grand Pas De Deux, which they first performed in Lithuania last year. Simkin made his principal debut in Don Quixote only last year and this October he will join the American Ballet Theatre in New York.

Yevgenia Obraztsova of the Kirov Ballet (Mariinsky Theatre) and Artyom Pykhachov from Mikhailovsky Theatre, St. Petersburg, will perform Le Corsaire Pas de Deux and the Berlin State Opera Ballet's Ronald Savkovic and Shoko Nakamura will perform Esmeralda Pas de Deux. The gala will also feature three artists from the National Ballet of Canada: Heather Ogden and Nehemiah Kish will perform Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux and Zdenek Konvalina will perform excerpts from Maurice Błęjart's Seven Greek Dances.

The Koffler Centre of the Arts has a history of being an innovative and inclusive centre for the creation and presentation of art and culture. Established in 1977, to enrich the cultural life of Toronto through arts education and exhibitions, the Koffler Centre has grown to reach thousands of people a year through a rich mix of classes in dance, music, and visual arts; public programs such as concerts with the Koffler Chamber Orchestra, the Helen and Stan Vine Canadian Jewish Book Awards and the Jewish Book Fair, Rikkudiya Israeli Dance Festival; and cutting-edge, critically-acclaimed exhibitions at the Koffler Gallery.

Executive Director Lori Starr, who joined the Koffler Centre in 2006 from the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, will spearhead the creation of a new, sophisticated, multi-purpose 40,000 square foot Koffler Centre of the Arts. This signature building on the new Bathurst Street Sherman Campus is where people and art will come together to generate a true sense of community.

A Solomon Tencer Production * Nadia Veselova-Tencer Artistic Director
Sunday May 4th, 2008, 8pm
The Toronto Centre For The Arts, 5040 Yonge Street, Toronto
Tickets range from $60-$165 and are available at or by calling 416-872-1111
For Gala Patron Tickets (includes show, VIP reception, exclusive dinner) or to be a Gala Sponsor,
contact Tobi Liederman at 416.636.1880 X271 or
For more information visit

Media Contact:
Carrie Sager
FLIP Publicity & Promotions Inc.
416.533.7710 X224 fax 416.533.7797

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La Scena Musicale Founder Wah Keung Chan to be Honoured by Vanier College

Voir la version franł▀aise de ce communiqułę

April 7, 2008 / La Scł«ne Musicale (LSM) is pleased to announce that the organizationĺ─˘s founder and president Wah Keung Chan will be honoured at Vanier Collegeĺ─˘s 10th Annual Big Band Benefit Concert, which will take place on Monday, April 14 at 7:30 PM in the schoolĺ─˘s auditorium. Every year, this event pays tribute to musical artists who have made a lasting impact on the community at large. As LSMĺ─˘s mission of promoting classical music and jazz throughout Canada continues to succeed, this honour seems particularly fitting for Wah Keung, who is himself a Vanier alumnus.

Vanier Music Department coordinator Nadia Turbide explains: "This year we chose Wah Keung Chan, because his magazine which is distributed all over Montreal, is a one-of-a-kind monthly listing of musical events along interviews and articles on musicians, conductors and composers in Montreal. La Scena Musicale is a gold mine of information on musical events; no other local magazine covers music in such a comprehensive way."

Wah Keung has a history of leadership and innovation that dates back to his days at Vanier, where he founded the Vanier Math Club and the Vanier Math Competition, for which he received a Vanier Student Life Award upon graduation. ĺ─˙I am very honoured and touched to receive this recognition,ĺ─¨ says Wah Keung. ĺ─˙The mentorship I received at Vanier helped shape my sense of leadership and the idea that I could make a real difference through my initiatives.ĺ─¨ At McGill University, he received the Scarlet Key Award for co-founding The Live Wire, a news/journal for electrical engineering students, and for his leadership on campus. He subsequently helped reinvigorate the Scarlet Key Society by starting the universityĺ─˘s regular participation in the Terry Fox Run. In September 1996, Wah Keung brought his publishing experience, love of classical music, knowledge of computers and sense of volunteerism to his most ambitious project, the publication of a free classical music magazine, La Scena Musicale, which he continues to run as publisher and editor-in-chief. Since then, he has expanded the non-profit charityĺ─˘s mission of promoting classical music by launching the all-English The Music Scene, La Scena Musicale Online, an award-winning website which can be found at, and in September 2007, La SCENA, Montrealĺ─˘s only arts and culture magazine. Recently, Wah Keung was the recipient of an Honourable Mention at the 2006 National Magazine Awards (Arts and Entertainment Category) for his critical profile ĺ─˙The Nagano Mystique,ĺ─¨ published in the December 2006/January 2007 issue of LSM (Vol. 12.4).

The eveningĺ─˘s festivities will be hosted by Montreal jazz piano legend Oliver Jones, while tributes will be given by internationally renowned countertenor Daniel Taylor, local philanthropist Noel Spinelli, and retired Vanier math professor Carole Channer, Wah Keung first mentor. Featured performers include Justin Time recording artist Jeri Brown, the Vanier Stage Band under the direction of Jocelyn Couture and the J.L. Big Band, led by Christopher Smith, which is comprised of some of Montrealĺ─˘s finest jazz musicians.

Proceeds from the eveningĺ─˘s concert allow Vanier College to give bursaries to outstanding music students at the school; presentations of these scholarships to current Vanier students will be part of the event. Tickets for the event are $20 and can be purchased either at the collegeĺ─˘s print shop or at the door on the evening of the concert.

> See the Vanier College press release
> Wah Keung Chan bio at Vanier's Notable Alumni Page

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Friday, April 4, 2008

Le concert du Big Band avec Oliver Jones au Cłęgep Vanier sera dłędiłę łŢ Wah Keung Chan, fondateur de La Scena Musicale

[English Version]

Le 10 avril 2008

Le concert du Big Band avec Oliver Jones au Cłęgep Vanier sera dłędiłę łŢ Wah Keung Chan, fondateur de La Scena Musicale

Cette annłęe au Cłęgep Vanier, la 10e łędition du concert annuel du Big Band sera dłędiłę łŢ Wah Keung Chan, un ancien du Cłęgep Vanier et l'łęditeur-fondateur de La Scena Musicale une revue mensuelle qui est maintenant synonyme d'łütre łŢ l'affł¬t de ce qui se passe dans le monde de la musique łŢ Montrłęal.

Oliver Jones, lłęgendaire pianiste de Jazz, sera le małĂtre de cłęrłęmonie et l'incomparable chanteuse scat, Jeri Brown, sera l'artiste invitłęe. La premił«re partie de la soirłęe mettra en vedette le Vanier Stage Band composłę de 19 musiciens et la chanteuse Shaday Lavallłęe, dirigłę par Jocelyn Couture. En deuxił«me partie, Jeri Brown montera sur la scł«ne accompagnłęe du chef d'orchestre Christopher Smith et le J.L. Big Band, un ensemble composłę des meilleurs musiciens jazz de Montrłęal.

Chaque annłęe, le Big Band Benefit Concert, honore une personne qui a contribułę de fał▀on importante łŢ la Musique. "Cette annłęe nous avons choisi Wah Keung Chan, Ȭ explique le docteur Nadia Turbide, coordonnatrice du dłępartement de Musique łŢ Vanier, Č┤ parce que sa revue, distribułęe partout łŢ Montrłęal, est unique en ce qu'elle offre un calendrier mensuel exhaustif des łęvłęnements musicaux dans la ville, ainsi que des interviews et des articles sur des musiciens, des chef d'orchestre et des compositeurs łŢ Montrłęal. La Scena Musicale est une vłęritable mine d'or quant łŢ l'information sur la musique; nulle autre revue touche la musique d'une fał▀on aussi complł«te."

Les revenus du Concert błęnłęfice du Big Band permettent de crłęer des bourses d'łętude pour le dłępartement de musique łŢ Vanier. L'affiche du concert pour cette annłęe a łętłę dessinłęe par Rebecca De Comarmond, une łętudiante de Joan Fee Taylor en Microłędition et hypermłędia łŢ Vanier. L'affiche parałĂt dans La Scena Musicale des mois de mars et avril.

Le concert commence łŢ 19h30, lundi le 14 avril, dans l'auditorium Vanier (Salle A 150). Les billets de 20$ sont en vente łŢ l'imprimerie du collł«ge et łŢ l'entrłęe le soir du concert. Ouvert au public. Cłęgep Vanier, 821, avenue Sainte-Croix, Ville Saint Laurent. Młętro Cłąte Vertu.

Renseignements: (514) 744-7500


Pour des renseignements supplłęmentaires:
Marguerite Corriveau, Agente de Communication
Collł«ge Vanier
Tłęlłęphone: (514) 744-7500, poste 7596,

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American Public Media and The San Francisco Symphony's The MTT Files Wins Peabody Award

Contact: Brad Robideau

(651) 290-1113

American Public Media and The San Francisco Symphonyĺ─˘s The MTT Files Wins Peabody Award

(St. Paul, Minn.) April 4, 2008ĺ─ţThe MTT FilesĺĐó, a public radio series produced by American Public MediaĺĐó and the San Francisco Symphony and hosted by the renowned San Francisco Symphony music director Michael Tilson Thomas, has won a 2007 Peabody Award.

Michael Tilson Thomas, also known as MTT, is acclaimed for his work as a conductor, composer and as one of the great communicators about music in the world today. In The MTT Files, Tilson Thomas metaphorically pulls out some of his "files" ĺ─ý files full of ideas about music and art, and reminiscences of the legendary artists he has known throughout his careerĺ─ţto create eight very original and personal one-hour radio programs. The series includes an episode featuring Tilson Thomas in conversation with James Brown, in one of the soul singerĺ─˘s final interviews before his death.

Announcing the Peabody Award, Horace Newcomb, Director of the Peabody Awards, said, ĺ─˙In these beautifully crafted radio pieces, conductor Michael Tilson Thomas examines a series of his personal files that range over an expansive world of music from Igor Stravinsky to James Brown. The subjects and topics in Tilson Thomasĺ─˘s explorations broaden our knowledge as they delight our brains and our imaginations.ĺ─¨

The Peabody Awards are the oldest honor in broadcasting and widely considered electronic mediaĺ─˘s most coveted award. The Peabody Awards recognize excellence and meritorious work by radio and television stations, networks, Webcasters, producing organizations and individuals. For more information, visit

The Peabody Awards will be presented June 16, 2008, at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City. Brian Williams, anchor of NBC Nightly News, will host the ceremony.

The MTT Files was produced and mixed by Tom Voegeli of American Public Media. Voegeli also wrote, produced and mixed American MavericksČĂ, a public radio series also produced in association with the San Francisco Symphony and hosted by Tilson Thomas. American Mavericks won a Peabody Award in 2004. Voegeli is also the executive producer of From the Top, a weekly radio showcase of America's top young classical musicians, hosted by acclaimed pianist Christopher Oĺ─˘Riley.

The MTT Files are supported by a grant from Koret Foundation Funds and by members of Minnesota Public Radio. The MTT Files are part of Keeping Score, made possible with lead funding from the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund and with generous support from The James Irvine Foundation, Marcia and John Goldman, Nan Tucker McEvoy, William and Gretchen Kimball Fund, the National Endowment for the Arts, and others.

The MTT Files are on the Web at

In November 2006, the San Francisco Symphony launched Keeping Score, a national television series aimed at making classical music more accessible to people of all ages and musical backgrounds. The Keeping Score project features PBS telecasts, a national radio series, interactive websites, and a K-12 education program. For additional information, visit and

American Public Media has the largest broadcast audience reach of any classical music radio producer in the United States. Through global partnerships with leading music organizations, the European Broadcasting Union, the BBC, orchestras, festivals, vocal ensembles, and artists, American Public Mediaĺ─˘s classical music service delivers performances and insight from around the world to its listeners. American Public Mediaĺ─˘s classical music portfolio includes nationally renowned programs Performance TodayČĂ, SymphonyCastČĂ, PipedreamsČĂ, and Saint Paul SundayČĂ.

American Public Media is the largest owner and operator of public radio stations, also producing top programs reaching more than 15 million listeners weekly. A complete list of stations, programs and additional services for the American Public Media national network can be obtained at

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Vanier College Big Band Benefit Concert with Oliver Jones Will honour Wah Keung Chan, founder of La Scena Musicale

[Version franł▀ais]

April 3, 2008

This year when Vanier College strikes up the first note of its 10th Anniversary Big Band Benefit Concert, an annual event to raise funds for music scholarships, it will be in honour of Vanier graduate, Wah Keung Chan founding editor of La Scena Musicale a magazine that has become synonymous with knowing what's happening in the world of music in Montreal.

Again this year, Jazz legend Oliver Jones will host the event which will feature the great scat singer Jeri Brown as guest artist. The first part of the evening will present the award-winning Vanier Stage Band made up of 19 young instrumentalists and singer Shaday Lavallłę under the direction of Jocelyn Couture. In part two, Jeri Brown will take the spotlight along with conductor Christopher Smith and the J.L. Big Band, an ensemble of some of the best jazz musicians in Montreal.

Every year the Big Band Benefit Concert is dedicated to someone who has made an important contribution to music. According to Dr Nadia Turbide, Coordinator of the Music Department at Vanier, "This year we chose Wah Keung Chan, because his magazine which is distributed all over Montreal, is a one-of-a-kind monthly listing of musical events along with interviews and articles on musicians, conductors, and composers in Montreal. La Scena Musicale is a goldmine of information on musical events; no other local magazine covers music is such a comprehensive way."

The stunning concert poster which appears in the March and April issues of La Scena Musicale, was designed by Rebecca De Comarmond, a student of Joan Fee Taylor in the Vanier Micropublishing and Hypermedia program.

Concert time is 7:30pm, Monday April 14th in the Vanier Auditorium (Room A150). Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the Vanier College Print shop or at the door on the night of the concert. Open to the public. Vanier College, 821 Sainte-Croix, Ville Saint Laurent, Metro Cłąte-Vertu.

For information: 514 744-7500.


For information please contact:
Marguerite Corriveau, Vanier Communications Officer
Telephone: (514) 744-7500, ext. 7596

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Thursday, April 3, 2008

Raise a Ruckus for Radio Two!

A National Day of Action to save Radio 2 and the CBC Orchestra

Friday, April 11, 2008
9:00am - 1:30pm ČŢ(see specific times for each city below)

St. John's, Halifax, Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg, Regina, Edmonton, Calgary,ČŢ
Vancouver, and more!

After the wonderful success of the recent protest at CBC Vancouver toČŢ
protest the demise of the CBC Radio Orchestra, a protest in Montreal isČŢ
being organized by musicians and Radio Two fans in solidarity this Friday.ČŢ
In order to give folks in other cities enough time to organize, OUR NATIONALČŢ

Can we expand this protest to every CBC installation across the country. DoČŢ
you dare to take a portion of your lunch hour to travel to the CBC centre inČŢ
YOUR community to call for an end to the cutting of classical musicČŢ
programming and infrastructure? Can we make it a rolling protest, that hitsČŢ
every time zone, one after the other (half an hour later in Newfoundland)?

Here are the addresses and times:

9am PST: Victoria: 1025 Pandora Avenue

9am PST: Vancouver: 775 Cambie Street

10am MST: Calgary: 1724 Westmount Blvd. NW
Contact - Andrew NowryČŢ

10am MST: Edmonton: 23 Edmonton City Centre, 10062-102nd Avenue
Contact - Scott Bursey

11am CST: Regina: 2440 Broad Street

11am CST: Winnipeg: 541 Portage Avenue

11am CST: Thunder Bay: 213 East Miles Street

12pm EST: Toronto: 250 Front Street West
Contact Peter McGillivrayČŢ
ČŢ(though I willČŢprobably be in Edmonton - could somebody else take over Toronto?)

12pm EST: Sudbury: 15 MacKenzie Street

12pm EST: Windsor:825 Riverside Drive West

12pm EST: Ottawa: 181 Queen Street, Ottawa
Meet at Sparks Street entrance

12pm EST: Montreal: 1400 Rene Levesque East
Contact-Alexandra Fol

1pm AST: Fredericton: 1160 Regent Street

1pm AST: Saint John: 560 Main Street

1pm AST: Moncton: 250 University Avenue

1pm AST: Halifax: 1601 South Park

1pm AST: Charlottetown: 430 University Avenue
Contact Kate HustonČŢ

1:30pm NST: St John's: 25 Henry Street

Make sure to also Copy and past the text of this event into an email andČŢ
forward it to as many people as you can. Let's make sure we get thisČŢ
movement off Facebook and into the general public as well. over 100 peopleČŢ
showed up in Vancouver. If we can get even 20 to show up at each CBC stationČŢ
we will have made a huge statement.

For inspiration check out the following group sites:
Save Classical Music at the CBC
Save the CBC Radio Orchestra


Les chefs d'ëýuvre de La Scala de Milan prłęsentes dans les salles de cinłęma du Qułębec en haute dłęfinition

Pour diffusion immłędiate


Montrłęal, 3 avril 2008 - Les productions de La Scala de Milan sont enfin offertes au public qułębłęcois qui aura la possibilitłę de dłęcouvrir la magie de ce haut-lieu de la culture musicale mondiale dans une słęrie de prłęsentations en Haute Dłęfinition dans quatre salles de cinłęma du Qułębec.

Pour dłębuter la saison, les cinłęphiles pourront voir la production de LA TRAVIATA de Giuseppe Verdi. Les critiques ont vantłę les performances et la Č┤ maitrise du rłąle Ȭ d'Angela Gheorghiu interprłętant le rłąle de Violetta, entourłęe d'une distribution de renommłęe internationale incluant Ramłän Vargas et Roberto Frontali. L'orchestre łętait dirigłę par Lorin Maazel et la rłęalisation de LA TRAVIATA łętait confiłęe łŢ Liliana Cavani, la conception łŢ Dante Ferretti et les chorłęgraphies łŢ Micha van Hoecke.

Les cinłęmas Carrefour de Joliette, Triomphe de Lachenaie, Beaubien de Montrłęal et Pine de Sainte-Adł«le sont fiers de prłęsenter en Haute Dłęfinition et en son Dolby 5.1 LA TRAVIATA dimanche 20 avril łŢ 13h00 et en reprise mercredi 30 avril łŢ 13h00. Le prix d'admission sera de 19,95 $ pour l'admission głęnłęrale et 15,95 $ pour les łętudiants (moins de 17 ans).

Six autres productions seront ensuite prłęsentłęes en provenance de La Scala de Milan, du Maggio Musicale de Florence et du Teatro la Fenice de Venise. Il s'agit de AIDA (Giuseppe Verdi), rłęalisłę par Franco Zeffirelli et dirigłę par Riccardo Chailly; MARIA STUARDA (Gaetano Donizetti) rłęalisłę par Pier Luigi Pizzi; TRISTAN UND ISOLDE (Richard Wagner) dirigłę par Daniel Barenboim et realisłę par Patrice Chłęreau; IL TRITTICO (Giacomo Puccini) rłęalisłę par Luca Ronconi avec en vedette Juan Pons et Leo Nucci; LA FORZA DEL DESTINO (Giuseppe Verdi) dirigłę par Zubin Mehta, rłęalisłę par Nicolas Joel, avec en vedette Marcello Giordani; et enfin LA RONDINE (Giacomo Puccini), dirigłę par Carlo Rizzi et rłęalisłę par Graham Vick.

La prłęsentation aux łÔtats-Unis, au Royaume Uni, au Brłęsil et en Norvł«ge et maintenant au Qułębec de ces ëýuvres sur grand łęcran par des serveurs numłęriques est rendue possible grłóce łŢ la collaboration d'Emerging Pictures.

Une des places musicales les plus prestigieuses au monde, La Scala de Milan fut construite en 1778 aprł«s la destruction par le feu de l'ancien Thłęłótre ducal. Marie-Thłęrł«se d'Autriche le fit łęriger lłŢ oł╝ s'łęlevait jadis l'łęglise Santa Maria della Scala, qui donna son nom au nouvel opłęra. Entił«rement dłętruite durant la Seconde Guerre mondiale, la Scala fut immłędiatement reconstruite, et le 11 mai 1946, Arturo Toscanini dirigeait le concert de rłęouverture. De 2002 łŢ 2004, la Scala ferme ses portes pour une rłęnovation totale de la cage de scł«ne et l'adjonction d'un nouvel łędifice qui est une vraie prouesse architecturale. Stłęphane Lissner est le surintendant et directeur artistique de la Scala depuis la saison 2005/2006. Il a succłędłę łŢ Riccardo Muti, qui avait assurłę la direction musicale de l'Opłęra de Milan pendant prł«s de vingt ans.

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Pour information :
514 721-6060
Mario Fortin
Directeur głęnłęral

La Traviata (Giuseppe Verdi)
Rłęalisłę par Liliana Cavani
En italien avec sous-titres en franł▀ais
Durłęe approximative : 2h20
Dimanche 20 avril łŢ 13h00, reprise mercredi 30 avril łŢ 13h00

Aida (Giuseppe Verdi)
Rłęalisation et conception scłęnique par Franco Zeffirelli
En italien avec sous-titres en franł▀ais
Durłęe approximative : 2h37 plus une intermission
Dimanche 4 mai łŢ 13h00, reprise mercredi 14 mai łŢ 13h00

Maria Stuarda (Gaetano Donizetti)
Rłęalisation, conception scłęnique et costumes par Pier Luigi Pizzi
En italien avec sous-titres en franł▀ais
Durłęe approximative : 2h45
Dimanche 1er juin łŢ 13h00, reprise mercredi 11 juin łŢ 13h00

Tristan und Isolde (Richard Wagner)
Realisłę par Patrice Chłęreau
En allemand avec sous-titres en franł▀ais
Durłęe approximative: 4h20 plus deux intermissions
Dimanche 21 septembre łŢ 13h00, reprise mercredi 1er octobre łŢ 13h00

Il Trittico (Giacomo Puccini)
Rłęalisłę par by Luca Ronconi
En italien avec sous-titres en franł▀ais
Durłęe approximative : 3h
Dimanche 12 octobre łŢ 13h00, reprise mercredi 22 octobre łŢ 13h00

La Forza del Destino (Giuseppe Verdi)
Par le Teatro del Maggio Musicale, Florence
Rłęalisłę par Nicolas Joł┤l
En italien avec sous-titres en franł▀ais
Durłęe approximative : 2h40
Dimanche 2 novembre łŢ 13h00, reprise mercredi 12 novembre łŢ 13h00

La Rondine (Giacomo Puccini)
Par le Teatro La Fenice, Venice
Rłęalisłę par Graham Vick
En italien avec sous-titres en franł▀ais
Durłęe approximative :1h50
Dimanche 23 novembre łŢ 13h00, reprise mercredi 3 dłęcembre łŢ 13h00


SPRING IN VIENNA: Laudate Singers, May 2

For Immediate Release ĺ─ý April 3, 2008



Friday May 2, 2008 ĺ─ý 8:00 pm

Capilano College Performing Arts Theatre

2055 Purcell Way, North Vancouver

Tickets ($25/$20/FREE for 17 years & under): 604-990-7810

The North Shoreĺ─˘s premier chamber choir concludes its subscription season with the musical equivalent of a glass of fine champagne: an evening of sparkling, graceful melodies from 19th-century Viennese opera. The May 2 concert ĺ─ý held at Capilano College Performing Arts Theatre ĺ─ý will feature Laudate Singers, artistic director Lars Kaario and pianists Gaye Alcott and Bernard Duerksen in a programme that includes such beloved favourites as Brahmsĺ─˘ Liebeslieder Waltzes, choruses and solos from Leharĺ─˘s The Merry Widow and Straussĺ─˘ Die Fledermaus. Audiences are invited to join the choir for refreshments ĺ─ý wine, coffee and authentic Viennese pastries ĺ─ý during intermission.

Music to make your ears sing and your spirit dance!

Media Contact: Melanie Thompson, 604-224-6201 or

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TSO - New Creations Festival almost SOLD OUT

For Immediate Release: April 3, 2008 o Please include in your listings/announcements

The Toronto Symphony Orchestra's

If you were planning to attend the spectacular events of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra's NEW CREATIONS FESTIVAL, complete with acrobats, intermission chats with composers, and post-concert parties with live music, you are almost too late! Oiseaux exotiques on Wednesday, April 9, has VERY LIMITED AVAILABILITY and the following concert, Keyboard Innovation, on Saturday, April 12, is SOLD OUT!

With one week to go before the Festival begins, limited tickets are also still available for the final two concerts on April 16 and 17. The Festival finale will include Messiaen's TurangalłĂla Symphony and Jacques Hłętu's Concerto for Organ and Orchestra, featuring Olivier Latry, organist from the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris. Don't hesitate, or you will have to wait for next year's festival!

Maestro Oundjian and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra established the NEW CREATIONS FESTIVAL in 2005, soon after the conductor's arrival at the helm of his hometown orchestra. The 4th Annual NEW CREATIONS FESTIVAL celebrates the centennial of Olivier Messiaen (1908-92) by presenting several of the vibrant French composer's works alongside world and Canadian premił«res by living composers who continue to be inspired by Messiaen's work.

April 9 - 17, 2008

Wednesday, April 9 at 8 pm, Oiseaux exotiques

Saturday, April 12 at 8 pm, Keyboard Innovation

Wednesday, April 16 at 8 pm
Thursday, April 17 at 8 pm
TurangalłĂla Symphony
Peter Oundjian, conductor
Marc-Andrłę Hamelin, piano
Olivier Latry, organ
Jean Laurendeau, ondes martenot
Jacques Hłętu: Concerto for Organ and Orchestra
Messiaen: TurangalłĂla Symphony

All concerts take place at Roy Thomson Hall
60 Simcoe Street, Toronto (Canada)
Tickets range from $123-$36
For tickets call the Toronto Symphony Orchestra Ticket Line
at the Roy Thomson Hall box office 416.593.4828
or visit

Media Contact: FLIP PUBLICITY, Barbora Krsek X236
720 Bathurst Street, #403 TOR M5S 2R4

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Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Auditions for the Montreal Young Artists Opera Theatre Academy




The Young Artists Opera Theatre Academy is a project of the Theatre of Early Music Young Artist Foundation in cooperation with the Festival des Arts Saint Sauveur. This first edition, the 2008 program will offer emerging singers a unique opportunity in Quebec to concentrate on interpretive arts in a consistent and positive performance/learning environment. Students will be instructed on new ideas and approaches that are designed to meet individual interests, the importance of emotional connection to the works, style and interpretation, text, body alignment, breath and movement.

The Academy invites young musicians who are at the threshold and early stages of their careers an opportunity to study with an internationally acclaimed Faculty sought-after in the area of their expertise. Led by Daniel Taylor, Artistic Director, our mission is to provide instruction at the highest level.

This first 2008 Academy runs July 27-August 6, offering a series of intimate and focused workshops, individual lessons, Master Classes, coachings, yoga sessions and performance opportunities.

The Young Artists Academy program takes place in Montreal with featured performances at the Festival des Arts Saint Sauveur, one of the most important Dance and Music Festivals in Canada. Artists will also travel for a performance at the largest chamber music festival in the world, the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival.


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Benoit Labontłę a remis une contribution de 25 000$ łŢ l'Orchestre Młętropolitain du Grand Montrłęal

MONTREAL, le 2 avril /CNW Telbec/ - Benoit Labontłę, Maire de l'arrondissement de Ville-Marie, a remis un chł«que de 25 000$ łŢ l'Orchestre Młętropolitain du Grand Montrłęal, en compagnie de Yannick Nłęzet-Słęguin, directeur artistique et chef principal de l'Orchestre.

"L'arrondissement de Ville-Marie est heureux de contribuer au dłęveloppement du milieu professionnel montrłęalais de la scł«ne musicale
classique", a dłęclarłę M. Labontłę.

La contribution de l'arrondissement permettra łŢ l'Orchestre d'obtenir une subvention łęquivalente de la part de Patrimoine canadien. En łęchange, l'Orchestre remet gratuitement łŢ l'arrondissement 500 billets pour chacun des deux concerts de fin de saison, qui auront lieu les 14 avril et 12 mai prochain.

"Des jeunes de l'arrondissement de Ville-Marie qui, d'ordre głęnłęral, n'ont pas accł«s aux prestations de l'Orchestre, auront la chance d'assister łŢ un concert de grande qualitłę", a rajoutłę M. Labontłę. En rendant accessible les arts łŢ la population montrłęalaise, l'arrondissement favorise non seulement le dłęveloppement culturel de la młętropole, mais encourage łęgalement la crłęation de nouvelles clientł«les.

Renseignements: Jean-Franł▀ois Sonier, Chargłę de communication,
Arrondissement de Ville-Marie, (514) 872-0970

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Hold the dates: The Odd Couple at The Segal Centre for Performing Arts, May 4-25

The Odd Couple

By Neil Simon

Directed by Diana Leblanc

The snow is almost gone- it's time to start laughing with Neil Simon's classic comedy.

Mark these dates in your spring calendar

Sunday, May 4 Č˝ Sunday, May 25, 2008

88.5 CBC Radio One presents the Sunday-@-the-Segal lecture for The Odd Couple on Sunday, May 4, 11 a.m. With Andy Nulman.

The Odd Couple

The Leanor and Alvin Segal Theatre

At The Segal Centre for the Performing Arts at the Saidye

5170 Cote St. Catherine Rd.

Monday to Thursday at 8:00 p.m.

Saturday at 9:00 p.m.

Sunday at 7:00 p.m.

Matinłęes: Wednesdays, 1:00pm and Sundays, 2:00 pm

Reservations: (514) 739-7944


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Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ Announce Scholarship Recipients

PORTLAND, Maine ĺ─ý The Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ, administrators of the Kotzschmar Memorial Trust Scholarship Fund, recently named this year's scholarship recipients. The four scholarships will be officially awarded at the Legacy of Hermann Kotzschmar concert on Tuesday, April 15th, 7:30 p.m. at Merrill Auditorium.

Any student of the organ, orchestral instruments or voice who is a resident of greater Portland, including Portland, South Portland, Scarborough, Westbrook, Cape Elizabeth, Falmouth, Gorham and Cumberland, and who is between the ages of 10-18 (grades 4-12) or 19-25 is eligible for the scholarship. There are four recipients for 2008, receiving $100-$1,000 each, for additional music education. In addition, there are two Honorable Mentions:

  • Nell Britton, a sophomore at Cape Elizabeth High School, received a scholarship. She has studied piano for 6 years and is a student of Robert Glover.
  • Henry Kramer is a graduate of Cape Elizabeth High School (class of '05) and is currently a third year student at The Juilliard School in New York City. Henry has studied piano for 8 years and was awarded a scholarship. He currently studies with Julian Martin.
  • Jiyeon Kim is a Junior at Deering High School is Portland. Jiyeon received a scholarship. She has studied piano for 6 years and currently studies under Barbara Payson.
  • Benjamin Jones is a ninth grade student at Yarmouth High School. Ben was awarded a scholarship. He has studied violin for 8Čç years and is taught by Ronald Lantz.
  • Aaron Dobieski received an Honorable Mention. Aaron is a 5th-grader at Cape Elizabeth Middle School. He studies piano with Elizabeth Manduca and has been playing for 5 years.
  • Evan Moore also received an Honorable Mention. He is a 6th-grader at Lincoln Middle School. His piano teacher is Liz Manduca. Evan has been studying piano for 4Čç years.

The Kotzschmar Memorial Trust Scholarship was established in 1911 by Mrs. Herman Kotzschmar to "aid in the musical education of such pupil or pupils, of marked ability." FOKO administers the auditions and presents the awards.

Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ was founded in 1981 as a result of the city of Portland's need to withdraw funding for the organ due to financial limitations. Dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the Kotzschmar, FOKO's responsibilities include raising funds, presenting concerts and engaging the services of a Municipal Organist.

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